Star Wars Getting An Official Kabuki Adaptation

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Ichikawa Ebizo XI will star in and supervise the official kabuki adaptation of Star Wars. The famed actor will play Kylo Ren.

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According to Mantan Web, the kabuki adaptation will feature scenes from each of the films in the latest trilogy. The performance, however, will be for one night only on November 28 in Tokyo. Ebizo is quoted as saying that whether you’re a fan of Star Wars or kabuki, this will be a stage performance to be enjoyed.

I cannot wait to see the make-up and costumes for this adaptation.

This isn’t the only big-time kabuki version of late. Next month, an adaptation of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is also scheduled to open.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Wasn’t this guy involved in a scandal that tarnished the Ichikawa family name given to him? I can’t remember what it was.