WATCH: Sean Bean, Lena Headey, Aaron Paul to star in 'Final Fantasy XV' movie
MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – While Final Fantasy XV finally has a release date – September 30, fans can look forward to more spectacular things. A full-length animated film, called Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, is also coming our way. (READ: Final Fantasy XV release date: September 30)
The new film was unveiled at the Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV event held to celebrate the upcoming video game. It is helmed by Takeshi Nozue, who previously co-directed Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children with Tetsuya Nomura.
While the game will follow the story of Noctis, the film will follow that of his father's, King Regis. Their storylines will run in parallel.
Kingsglaive is set to star the voices of Game of Thrones stars Sean Bean (Ned Stark) and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), as well as Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame (Jesse Pinkman).
Sean is set to play King Regis, while Lena and Aaron play Luna and Nyx, respectively.
Here is the synopsis provided by Square Enix:
"The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the hallowed Crystal, but the menacing empire of Niflheim will stop at nothing to make it theirs. War has raged between the two for as long as most can remember."
"King Regis of Lucis commands an elite force of soldiers dubbed the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king’s magic, Nyx Ulric and his fellow glaives stand before the crown city of Insomnia, fighting to stay the inexorable advance of Niflheim’s imperial army."
"Before the overwhelming military might of the empire, King Regis can only salvage his kingdom by accepting an ultimatum—he must cede all lands outside the crown city, and see his son, Prince Noctis, wed to Lady Lunafreya, the former princess of Tenebrae now captive of Niflheim."
"As the war of wills rages, the machinations of Niflheim transform Insomnia into an awe-inspiring battleground, pulling Nyx into a struggle for the very survival of the kingdom.
Lena and Aaron also appeared at the Uncovered event, while Sean only spoke in a video message.
"I'm a newcomer to the universe, but I love what I've seen so far," Lena said.
Describing her character Luna, she said, "I love Luna. She's beautiful. She's brave, and she has a huge inner strength – and you know how I love strong, female characters."
She also revealed that she had just "wrapped up recording" her parts, which was why there were no voices in the teaser yet.
Aaron said, "I read the script, and they just painted such an incredible world for us to play within, so I couldn't wait to dive in."
He was asked by host Tim Gettys, "How much of your decision to take this role was based on the fact that in Final Fantasy, there are crystals?" – in reference to the crystal meth in his former TV show, Breaking Bad.
Aaron quipped, "Probably 99%, and the crystal in this film happens to be blue, which is great, so for some reason, I gravitate towards blue crystals."
In a recorded video message, Sean said, "I had a great time recording this. It's a very human story. It's a very beautiful story – especially visually."
He also referenced his run as Ned Stark on season 1 of Game of Thrones, where he worked with Lena: "The last time we were together, we didn't get on together as characters – let's put it mildly. So this is a breath of fresh air."
Watch their interviews at around the 1:41:00 mark:
The movie will be available to stream and download this year. – Rappler.com