Shinken Pink’s Takanashi Rin to star in Abbas Kiarostami’s “The End”

Actress Takanashi Rin (22), best known as Shinken Pink from “Samurai Sentai Shinkenger,” has been chosen to star in the next movie by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. Titled “THE END,” the movie was originally reported to be a sequel of sorts to Kiarostami’s 2010 film “Certified Copy.”

The movie depicts a love story between a female college student and an intellectual man in his 60s. Early this year, it was reported that actress Aoi Miyazaki (25) received an offer to star in the movie, but in the end Takanashi was selected for the role. For the role of the man, actor Okuno Tadashi was chosen through audition.

Kase Ryo and Denden have also been cast.

Filming started on October 29 and will last until early December. The movie will be released in Japan during summer 2012, but there are plans to have its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Aoi Miyazaki in talks to star in Abbas Kiarostami’s next movie

Actress Aoi Miyazaki (25) is reportedly in talks to appear in the next film by internationally acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami ("Taste of Cherry," "The Wind Will Carry Us"). The movie, titled "The End," is said to be a sequel of sorts to his 2010 movie "Certified Copy," which opens in Japan this coming weekend.

"Certified Copy," starring Juliette Binoche, was a love story set in Tuscany and was Kiarostami’s first film shot outside Iran. "The End" will also be a love story, but it is planned to focus on a young couple in present-day Japan.

Miyazaki is currently in filming for Masato Harada’s "Waga Haha," along with Koji Yakusho (55) and Kirin Kiki (68). She also recently finished with Kiyoshi Sasabe’s "Tsure ga Utsu ni Narimashite," and before that she was working on Yoshihiro Fukagawa’s "Kamisama no Karute" with Sho Sakurai (29).

Miyazaki’s agency, Hirata Office, acknowledged that it has received an offer, but no contract has officially been signed yet.

According to Variety magazine, filming is expected to start in April. The movie will be a joint production between France’s MK2 and Japan’s Eurospace.