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Knights of the Zodiac | Diego Tinoco on Being an Anime-Adapted Villain

Diego Tinoco in Knights of the Zodiac

Diego Tonico knows something is alluring about playing a villain with Nero in the upcoming live-action anime adaptation of Knights of the Zodiac.

The bad guys have the most fun.

Knights of the Zodiac is the anticipated live-action film based on the original stories and characters from the manga “Saint Seiya” by Masami Kurumada.

The film hopes to be the first of many live-action films in the series as it introduces the Pegasus Knight into the lore.

The cast includes Mackenyu, Famke Janssen, Madison Iseman, Diego Tinoco, Mark Dacascos, Nick Stahl, and Sean Bean. Tomek Baginski directed the film from the screenplay by Josh Campbell, Matt Stuecken, and Kiel Murray.

Here is the official synopsis:

Based on the international anime sensation, Knights of the Zodiac brings the Saint Seiya saga to the big screen in live-action for the first time. Seiya (Mackenyu), a headstrong street teen, spends his time fighting for cash while he searches for his abducted sister. When one of his fights unwittingly taps into mystical powers he never knew he had, Seiya finds himself thrust into a world of warring saints, ancient magical training, and a reincarnated goddess who needs his protection. If he’s to survive, he will need to embrace his destiny and sacrifice everything to take his rightful place among the Knights of the Zodiac.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with actor Diego Tinoco, who plays Nero in the film and is also known as the Knight of the Phoenix. We discussed his character, being a villain, fight choreography, manga, and costume.

Diego Tinoco is best known for playing Cesar Diaz in the Netflix series On My Block. In 2015, he debuted as an actor in the short film Drizzle of Hope. A year later, he appeared in the series Teen Wolf as Mateo in its sixth season. In 2021, Tinoco played Tybalt in modern-day Romeo & Juliet adaptation R#J, showcased at the Sundance Film Festival that year.

Knights of the Zodiac is in theaters on Friday, May 12.

Watch the exclusive interview with Diego Tinoco below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

For news and interviews, contact Gig Patta at [email protected]. Follow for all his postings and musings in entertainment.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Toei Animation

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