A new trailer for the upcoming Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway movie has been released. The trailer’s description revealed that the movie will premiere in Japan on May 7, while international releases would have to wait for further announcements.
The movie’s Twitter page announced on the same date that EX-ARM‘s Souma Saitou is playing the role of Earth Federation character Lane Aim, who pilots the Penelope mobile suit.
Sunrise is in charge of planning and production for the movie. The staff includes Shuukou Murase (Genocidal Organ) as director, Yasuyuki Mutou (Gundam Build Divers Re:Rise) as scriptwriter, Takako Suzuki (Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative) as color designer, Kentaro Waki (SWORD ART ONLINE –Alicization– War of Underworld) as photography director, and Hiroyuki Sawano as music composer (Attack on Titan Final Season).
Meanwhile, Pablo Uchida (Gundam Reconguista in G design works), Naoyuki Onda (Psycho Pass 3 character designer and chief animation director), and Shigeki Kuhara (Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul animation director) are designing the characters based on drafts by Haruhiko Mikimoto (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress).
In addition, Hajime Katoki (Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative), Mitoshi Yamaneki (Gundam Reconguista in G), Seiichi Nakatani (Gundam Reconguista in G design works), and Nobuhiko Genma (various roles in Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn) are in charge of the mechanical designs, based on drafts by Yasuhiro Moriki (Gundam Build Divers Re:Rise mechanical designer). Takayuki Masuo (Genocial Organ) and Tomohiro Fujie (Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative) are the 3D directors.
The cast includes Kenshou Ono (2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team) as Hathaway Noa, Reina Ueda (Japan Sinks 2020) as Gigi Andalucia, and Junichi Suwabe (Kemono Jihen) as Kenneth Sleg.
Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway was announced in 2018 as part of the Gundam series’ 40th Anniversary Project and as the first installment of a trilogy. The movie is based on the Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash novel series by Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, which began in 1989. Set after the events of Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack, the story centers on Hathaway Noa, the son of Londo Bell commander Bright Noa, who has become the leader of an anti-Earth Federation organization called Mafty.
Sources: GundamInfo YouTube channel, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway website