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.

Aoi Miyazaki, Masato Sakai a couple again in “Tsure ga Utsu ni Narimashite”

Aoi Miyazaki (25) and Masato Sakai (37) will co-star in a movie version of "Tsure ga Utsu ni Narimashite," directed by Kiyoshi Sasabe. The two will play a married couple, bringing them together on screen for the first time since the 2008 taiga drama "Atsuhime," where they also played husband and wife.

"Tsure ga Utsu ni Narimashite" is based on a manga series by Tenten Hosokawa (41) that has sold over 600,000 copies. The story humorously retells Hosokawa’s own experiences with her husband, who suddenly fell into depression. The couple battled the illness for a year and a half before the husband recovered. In 2009, NHK adapted it as a 3-part miniseries, starring Norika Fujiwara and comedian Taizo Harada.

In the movie version, Miyazaki plays the lead as manga artist Haruko Takazaki, modeled after Hosokawa. Sakai plays the husband Mikio, who fights the depression over the span of three years, helped by a pet iguana. Haruko’s parents will be played by Kimiko Yo (54) and Ren Osugi (59).

Filming started on January 9 and is expected to finish in early February. The theatrical release is planned for fall of this year.