by Marc Saint-Cyr
Earlier this year, we reported that Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami was planning to cast actress Aoi Miyazaki in his new film "The End," which is set in Japan and revolves around a romantic relationship between a young college student and a man in his 60s. Now, however, it seems that Miyazaki is no longer attached to the project and Kiarostami has found a new leading lady: 22 year-old Rin Takanashi (above left), who has previously appeared in the television series "Samurai Sentai Shinkenger" and Gen Takahashi's 2007 film "Goth." She will be acting opposite Tadashi Okuno, who has been cast as her older love interest. Actors Ryo Kase ("Letters from Iwo Jima," "Outrage") and Denden ("Cut") have also been cast. "The End" is currently shooting until early December and planned to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012 with a summer release in Japan to follow.
Many thanks to Tokyograph for story info.