Despite fears that it might not get to see the light of the day due to the sexual misconduct allegations lain on the lead Ansel Elgort, the long-awaited show finally has a premiere date.
Set in the 1990s, Tokyo Vice will portray the events in the life of American Journalist Jake Adelstein who relocates to Tokyo to report on corruption in the Vice Squad. As he stays there for longer periods, he delves into the corruption of Tokyo’s seedy underworld.
The series will be adapted from Jake Adelstein’s 2009 novel titled Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan. It was written by Tony-winning playwright J.T Rogers.
Co-produced with Endeavor Content and WOWOW – Japan’s leading premium pay-tv broadcaster, the series stars Ansel Elgort as Jake Adelstein, an American journalist from Missouri who moves to Tokyo, Ken Watanabe as Hiroto Katagari a detective in the organized crime division, Rachel Keller as Samantha, an American ex-pat living in Tokyo, Ella Rumpf as Polina an east European ex-pat, Rinko Kikuchi as Adelstein’s supervisor, Hideaki Ito, Show Kasamtsu and Tomohisa Yamashita.
The show is executive produced by Jake Adelstein, Destin Daniel Cretton, Ansel Elgort, Brad Caleb Kane, John Lesher, Michael Mann, Alan Poul, J.T. Rogers, Emily Gerson Saines, Kayo Washio, and Ken Watanabe. Michael Mann and Destin Daniel Cretton will direct.
According to HBO Max, the show will premiere on April 7 2022 with the first three episodes available to stream on the said day.