NHK held a press conference on Monday to reveal several more cast members for its 2012 taiga drama “Taira no Kiyomori.” The main male cast, led by Matsuyama Kenichi (26), was already revealed this past May, followed by an announcement of the main female cast two weeks later. Eight more names have been added: Okada Masaki (21), Anne (25), V6 member Morita Go (32), Toyohara Kosuke (45), Nakamura Atsuo (71), Kato Koji (42), Fukiishi Kazue (28), and Ito Shiro (74).
Okada, who is making his first taiga drama appearance, will play the role of Minamoto no Yoritomo, while Anne will play his wife Hojo Masako. Kato is also making his taiga drama debut as an original character named Usagimaru, a “pirate king.”
Morita has been cast as Taira no Tokitada, and Toyohara has been cast as Taira no Tadamasa. The other assigned roles are Nakamura as Taira no Masamori, Ito as Emperor Shirakawa, and Fukiishi as Taira no Kiyomori’s mother.
“Taira no Kiyomori” will premiere in January 2012.