Mana Ashida is cast for the lead role in movie “Child of the Stars” (literal title). The film is based on 2017 novel “Hoshi no Ko” by Natsuko Imamura and directed by Tatsushi Omori (“Tada’s Do-It-All House“). For the film, Mana Ashida will play young teen Chihiro.
Plot synopsis from AsianWiki: When Chihiro (Mana Ashida) was a baby, she suffered from eczema. Her parents tried to find a cure, but nothing worked. Her father’s co-worker then gave him some water from a strange religious group. Chihiro was miraculously cured by the water. Her parents began to follow the strange religion and became fervent followers. Chihiro is now in the 3rd grade of middle school and she faces changes in her life.
Filming for “Child of the Stars” takes place from December, 2019 to January, 2020. “Child of the Stars” is expected to be released sometime later in 2020.