Japan is Doing a ‘Star Wars’ Kabuki Play and This is Who’s Playing Kylo Ren

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A kabuki play based on the popular George Lucas film franchise “Star Wars” is scheduled for a one-night show later this month in Tokyo, Japan.

Titled “Star Wars Kabuki-Rennosuke Hikarigatana Sanbon (Star Wars Kabuki-Rennosuke and the Three Light Sabers),” the show is set to be held on Nov. 28 in a theater in Tokyo, which has yet to be announced according to SoraNews24.

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* I’m honored to announce, that I have been assigned from “Star Wars” to conduct a “Star Wars Kabuki” performance to celebrate the release of its final episode of the saga. It is a great privilege that I myself have been appointed as supervisor as well as acting the main role. Please come to watch this stage. この度私、 スターウォーズさんから白羽の矢が立ちまして、 シリーズ完結編の公開記念に スターウォーズ歌舞伎つとめる事になりました。 私自身 監修 主演を仰せつかり 身の引き締まる思いです。 是非見に来てくださいませ。 #市川海老蔵 #海老蔵 #成田屋 #歌舞伎 #ABKAI #ABMORI #ebizoichikawa #ebizo #kabuki #thunderparty #classic

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A-list Japanese kabuki actor, Ichikawa Ebizo, who is a die-hard “Star Wars” fan, will play Kylo Ren. He will also act as the supervisor of the play.

“Star Wars Kabuki will depict the love and loss felt by the Skywalker family over the past 40-plus years,” Ichikawa said.

Kabuki is a traditional Japanese theater that dates back to the Edo Period and is also considered one of Japan’s three main theaters, Japan-Guide wrote in a post. It has also been named as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Ichikawa has become a symbol of being a single father in Japan after losing his newscaster wife Mao Kobayashi to breast cancer when she was 34. He is raising two children, including one son who is aspiring to become a kabuki actor.

Feature Image (left) via @starwarsjapan, (right) via Getty
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