After One Piece received its much-popular live-action Kabuki play, it’s now Naruto’s turn to get one. And now, they have revealed the Kabuki versions of Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha in a new key visual. They also revealed new character visuals for the two of them as well.
Minosuke Bandou will be playing Naruto Uzumaki, while Hayato Nakamura is playing Sasuke Uchiha. Meanwhile, Kabuki playwright, G2, will be writing and directing this traditional Japanese stage play. It will also star One Piece Kabuki’s Ichikawa Ennosuke IV, who previously played Luffy, as Madara Uchiha. He will be playing the role of Madara alternately with Ainosuke Kataoka.
The Shinbashi Enbujou theater in Tokyo will be showing a unique Naruto stage performance using traditional Kabuki elements. They will run the Kabuki play starting August 2018. The staff still haven’t revealed any further details for this new manga-based Kabuki play yet, so expect more announcements soon.
Fellow Jump manga, One Piece, also has a Kabuki play, and it starred Ennosuke Ichikawa IV as Luffy. However, the Kabuki actor stepped down from his role as Luffy after an accident onstage.
Source: Kabuki Bito