Sony Pictures is narrowing down its search for an actor to play Saitama, the strongest hero in the world. According to insider Daniel Richtman, the One Punch Man film is eyeing Henry Golding for the role.
In recent years, One Punch Man has become a household not only in Japan but around the world. It follows the story of Saitama, a superhero who can defeat any opponent with a single punch that seeks to find a worthy opponent after growing bored by a lack of challenges in his fight against evil.
Originating as a webcomic in 2009, the series moved to print in 2012 and saw worldwide sales of over 30 million copies. The series has been met with critical acclaim, having received nominations for an Eisner and a Harvey award. Since that time, One Punch Man has spawned an anime and several video games.
Henry Golding has quickly made a name for himself in Hollywood. Critics and audiences lauded the star’s performance in Crazy Rich Asians, and since then, he has stared in The Gentlemen and is set to play G.I. Joe’s Snake Eyes in an upcoming solo film slated for 2021.
According to Richtman, the studio is also eyeing Chloé Zhao to direct the project. Having directed smaller indie projects, Zhao is slowly making her way into mainstream pictures after boarding Marvel Studios’ Eternals, which will release in 2021.
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