DiCaprio Wants SMAP For “Ninja Scroll”?

Leonardo DiCaprio is considering casting Japan’s SMAP pop group as the main leads in Warner Brothers and Appian Way’s proposed live-action adaptation of the 1993 anime feature “Ninja Scroll” reports The Anime News Network.

According to the Nikkan Sports newspaper, casting is in progress with DiCaprio’s expressing intention to “cast with Japanese people.”

The five members of SMAP – Masahiro Nakai, Takuya Kimura, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Goro Inagaki and Shingo Katori – have acted in several films based on manga and anime since the band’s formation in 1988, but have not acted together in the same film since 1994’s “Shoot”.

Yoshiaki Kawajiri wrote and directed the original 1993 anime about a wandering ninja fighting a conspiracy of demons.