Can any actress match the exceptional performance of Tatiana Maslany's run as Sarah Manning on BBC and BBC America's "Orphan Black?" Japanese audiences will begin to have an answer to that question on December 2nd, when a Japanese adaptation of the series debuts on Fuji TV.
"Orphan Black - 7 Genes" stars well-known South Korean actress and singer Kang Ji-Young as Sara Aoyama. Ji-Young has appeared in a number of Asian market television series in recent years, including roles on "A Girl & Three Sweethearts," "Doctor X 4" and "Mission Commander Gouma Ayaka."
“Orphan Black has won multiple awards and has been seen in over 170 territories around the world,” said Soojin Chung, general manager of BBC Worldwide in North East Asia. “We are very happy that we are partnering with Tokai TV to produce the first Orphan Black format in Asia. Starring South Korean break-out star Kang Ji-Young in the Japanese version, we are confident that the series will resonate with audiences in Japan, South Korea, and the rest of Asia where she is well-known,”
Keisuke Matsumoto, producer at Tokai TV, added, "This is a truly challenging project from the casting of the lead actress to getting the cinematography and post-production right. The original BBC America Orphan Black drama has been well received by audiences worldwide, there is pressure to do the series justice, but there is also an excitement in producing a Japanese version of a global hit."