Tatsuhisa Suzuki ( Yuuji Sakamoto in Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu) , who plays Makoto Tachibana in the Free! series, is set to return in this film playing a younger version of his character. He is reunited with his fellow cast mate, Nobunaga Shimazaki ( Ryou Sakurai in Kuroko no Basuke) who plays a younger Haruka Nanase.
The movie is set a few years back from the timeline of the Free! TV series. Makoto and Haruka are middle schoolers at Iwatobi Middle School and had just joined the school’s swim team. They’re still reeling from their win at the Iwatobi Swim Club‘s medley race, and they have decided to form a team with Asahi Shiina and Ikuya Kirishima to compete on the next medley race. With the boys having some difference in opinions, will they be able to come together and be a team?
High Speed! is a light novel written by Kouji Ouji. It garnered an honorable mention from the Kyoto Animation Awards in 2011, and was subsequently turned into an anime, Free!. The anime is loosely based on the light novel and features the story of Nanase Haruka (CV: Nobunaga Shimazaki), and his swimming buddies during their secondary school days. The first season aired on the summer of 2013, while the second season also aired on the summer the following year.
The movie will be released on 5 December 2015.
Director: Yasuhiro Takemoto ( Amagi Brilliant Park, Free!)
Anime production: Kyoto Animation
Story composition: Masahiro Yokotani ( Beelzebub, Free!)
Screenplay: Maiko Nishioka ( Amagi Brilliant Park, Free! )
Character design/Chief Animation Director: Futoshi Nishiya ( Free!)
Music: Tatsuya Katou ( Shokugeki no Soma, Free!)
Source: Official Website