The main star for 24 Hr TV‘s annual sobfest has finally been revealed and it’s none other than Hey!Say!JUMP‘s Yamada Ryosuke. The choice for this year’s actor is expected though it could have been better if it’s the other member. Also, its disappointing that someone from V6 won’t be participating in the drama. Instead of V6’s Okada or Inocchi, NEWS‘s Masuda Takahisa will star as Yamada’s older brother in this another cancer drama. Not a bad bargain but I still wished it was V6.
The drama is titled, “Okasan, Ore wa daijoubu (Mom, I’m Okay)”, where Yamada will play the role of Sasaki Ryohei*, a high school student and soccer club’s vice captain, who was diagnosed with acute brain tumor. The story will revolve around Sasaki’s struggle to play soccer while fighting the cancer. This is Yamada’s 3rd time to appear in a 24 Hr TV drama special but its his first time as the lead actor.
As stated earlier, Masuda will be Yamada’s older brother, Shimoda Shota as his younger brother, Akai Hidekazu as the father, and Yasuda Narumi as the mother.
“Mom, I’m Okay” will air at NTV on Aug 22nd as part of 24 Hr TV~Love Saves the Earth~ yearly special.
*I’m not sure about the name. 😄