The Promised Neverland is an upcoming live-action adaptation of the manga of the same name which was created by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu. The film is directed by Yūichirō Hirakawa, who is also known for directing films such as the critically acclaimed live-action film ERASED and the live-action Rookie film series. The script is penned by ERASED's scriptwriter Noriko Gotou. The film stars Minami Hamabe as Emma, Rihito Itagaki as Norman and Jyo Kairi as Ray. The Promised Neverland is scheduled to be released in winter of 2020.


Currently, the plot of the film remains unknown, but it is most likely adapting the Introduction Arc and the Jailbreak Arc, Chapters 1 to 37 of the manga, as implied via the still shots of the movie, which are re-enacted scenes of certain panels found in the manga.[1]




The Promised Neverland is scheduled to be released in winter of 2020, with the announcement of the movie, cast and shots made available to the public on 26 September 2019. A broadcast advertising the movie was aired on 27 September 2019 one day following its announcement on Japanese TV network.[2] The official poster and website of the movie are made available so as to market the movie.

Shirai (right) and Demizu (left) on the movie (translated).

Following the movie's announcement, the actress who plays Emma, Minami Hamabe, self-professed herself as a fan of the series, and bought the print volumes and the e-book version of the manga. The actress also praised director Yūichirō Hirakawa and the staff for realizing the world of The Promised Neverland. She vowed to do her best in portraying Emma for everyone who loved the manga.[3][4]

The authors of The Promised Neverland manga, Shirai and Demizu, commented on the upcoming movie, with both of them being generally positive about it. The two have interacted with the staff members behind the movie as well.[5][6]

Commercial performance

Critical reception


"What? A live-action film? Made in Japan? TPN's characters and setting were quite western..." –(Kaiu Shirai)
  • Brought up even by the author Shirai himself, the characters and setting were supposed to be western, thus implying how the characters are supposed to be from western ethnic groups. However, the characters in the movie are portrayed by eastern, Asian actors, hence the casting choices showed asian washing to a certain degree.
  • In both the manga and the anime, Ray is the oldest among the trio, followed by Norman and then Emma. In the live-action movie, however, it is the reverse, with Ray being played by a 13 year old actor, Norman by a 17 year old and Emma by a 19 year old actress.
  • It is noted that the live-action versions of the trio will be 15 in the movie, since the departure age for an orphan to leave Grace Field House was switched from 12 to 16.[7] The four year age increase will apply to the other orphans in the movie as well.
    • This change is most likely necessary so as to better fit the ages of Emma's, Norman's and Ray's actors, who are 19, 17 and 13 respectively as stated in the previous trivia.
  • Certain changes in physical appearance besides the aforementioned age increase are the clothes, hairstyle, hair color, eye color of the characters were made, implied or shown from the poster and footage that are currently available.
    • Emma's antenna-like hair is absent in the live-action version.
    • Norman's hair curl is absent in the live-action.
    • Conny and Anna, who both have plantinum blonde hair in the manga and anime, their hair color were both changed to a light brown.
    • Phil's light blue eyes were changed to a dark color.

Footage and promotional posters


  1. [1]
  2. Recorded footage of movie broadcast
  3. Hamabe's compliment of the staff working on the movie (Japanese)
  4. Hamabe's compliment of the staff working on the movie (English)
  5. Comments on the movie by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu (Japanese)
  6. Comments on the movie by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu (English fan-translated)
  7. [2]

External links

Japanese sites

English sites

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