Live Action “Ninja Scroll” In The Works?

Ah, the heady days of the mid-90s, when anime was just coming into it’s own in the States and MTV’s Liquid Television ran bumpers cut from a then-obscure anime titled “Ninja Scroll.” The clips MTV used to lead in and out of their animation show were ridiculously popular, leading first to bootlegged copies of the Scroll hitting cons nationwide, then to an official release which sold amazingly well, I believe setting records as it broke the anime dam wide and titles began to really flood the US market.

(Note: this is all how I remember things happening. Actual facts may vary, but I don’t care. I like my story.)

Well, rumor has it that the Wachowski siblings are working on a live action version of the classic anime, and this casting list that’s popped up is supposedly for the flick. They’re referring to the movie as “Ninja Assassins,” but it’s pretty typical for codenames to be used at this point in a movie’s production. Korean pop-star Rain is already signed to star (and is making an appearance in the Speed Racer movie) and James McTiegue will be directing.

I’m slapping the full list below the fold here, just in case the page gets yanked.

Thanks Lucas!



Javelin Pictures is pleased to announce an open casting call for an upcoming martial arts film

From the Producers of The Matrix – The Wachowski Brothers & Joel Silver

Directed by “V for Vendetta’s�: James McTiegue

Starring Korean Superstar: Rain

All potential candidates should be Asian, fit, vibrant and possess some knowledge of
Martial arts, acting and be able to communicate effectively in English.

We are looking to fill the following roles:

Ozunu, Male, Older man 40s / 50s
This Ninja master and head of the clan trains generations of ninja assassins until one of his own rebels.

Sadaharu, Male 20s
Ninja disciple loyal to the Ozunu clan, hopes to follow in the footsteps of his master. Strong fighting skills.

Teenage Sadaharu, Male 15-17yrs
Teenage ninja apprentice, grew up in the orphanage and train together at the Ninja academy.

Teenage Jubei, Male, 15-17yrs
A rebellious teenager trains to become a future of ninja assassin. Growing up in an orphanage, he journeys through various stages of his life as a ninja apprentice.

Teenage Kiriko, Female, 15-17yrs
Fellow ninja apprentice attempts to flee the orphanage and deals with the consequences.

Tattoo Parlour Ninja, Male 20s
Trained assassin and Ozunu clan member, he kills on contract and has strong fighting skills.

Tattoo Master, Male 50s / 60s
Older, wise tattoo master warns a rowdy client of impending doom.

Pretty Ninja Woman, Female 20s
Dangerous assassin disguised as an attractive woman. Strong fighting skills.

Female, Beautiful Asian Woman– Woman 20s / 30s
Possible assassin (Extra).

Casting will comprise of 3 parts:

Please prepare a brief self-introduction to be delivered on-camera.

You will also be given sides (script) to memorize and act out a specific scene during the audition.

Please also be prepared to give a brief demonstration of your martial arts or athletic ability and remember to dress accordingly.

If you think you may be suitable for any of the above roles, please send an e-mail with your name, contact information and brief CV with relevant experience and the role you wish to apply for to:

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7 Responses to Live Action “Ninja Scroll” In The Works?
  1. Maurice
    February 22, 2008 | 9:55 pm

    Based on the call sheet — it’s doubtful that this has any relation to Ninja Scroll, other than the Jubei character. You have to remember that much like the character of Miyamoto Musashi, Jubei Yagyu is a famous Japanese martial arts figure and has appeared in countless films and animes through the years.

  2. Bruce Darren Acosta
    March 20, 2008 | 3:00 am


    Mortal Kombat producer Larry Kasanoff had the rights to Ninja Scroll back in 2002 so if the crew behind the Matrix series and V For Vendetta are doing the movie Ninja Assassin which it would be based on Ninja Scroll or not.
    Speed Racer star Rain and Colin Chou will star in this action adventure.
    Thank you.

  3. Hiroko Yashiki
    March 20, 2008 | 6:07 am

    Hi,this is Hiroko Yashiki from Tokyo,Japan.

    I`ve just read about casting call of the film`Ninja assassin`.
    Is it too late to apply for the role of Ninja woman/Beautiful asian woman?

    I`m working as actress in Japan,and also I can do action so well(inclu:sword action,wire works),and I graduated acting school at London.

    So please check my resume and demo reel on internet.

    I`m looking forword to hear from you.

    Thank you very much!


    Hiroko Yashiki

  4. jon fu
    March 20, 2008 | 8:40 am

    unfortunately, casting ended on march 5th. most roles have been filled. unfortunately not many genuine japanese as the mainly japanese based characters. But there are only a few roles left to cast, except extras

  5. Chris
    April 15, 2008 | 3:17 pm

    Do you know what roles they are still looking to fill?
    like have they got a younger version of Jubie?
    whats he look like?

    and are there casting directors allover the world for this?

  6. Sam
    June 21, 2008 | 5:05 am

    Whatever it may be if the director of V for Vendetta is working on it then it’s sure to be amazing and blow people away. I loved V For Vendetta, it was simply the most brilliant film I’ve ever watched and perfect in every single way.

  7. Bruce Darren Acosta
    August 26, 2008 | 4:46 am


    Ninja Assassin is not a movie version of Ninja Scroll so this is just false.Threshold Entertainment is still working on the movie rights to Ninja Scroll,producer Lawrence Kasanoff and Madhouse will make the deals on the movie when any news comes up.
    John Medlen,Christopher Leps and Steve Fisher will work on the fights and stunts with some Japanese martial artist also Alison Savitch and George Johnsen will work on the special effects,Christopher Faloona will be the director of photography Jonathan Carlson to work on production design and Ben Watkins and Jonathan Sloate to work on music score.
    There will be other Americian script supervisors and production work on the film.
    Ninja Scroll will be American action fantasy film which its still in development by Threshold Entertainment of Mortal Kombat and maybe work on Darkstalkers movie series.
    Thank You.

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