EXILE band member Akira will replaces Takashi Sorimachi as the title character in the remake of the 1998 drama. Miori Takimoto will play the heroine Azusa Fuyutsuki, and Hitomi Kuroki will play Sakurai Ryoko, the principal. Yuu Shirota will play Ryuji Danma, a friend from Onizuka's biker gang days who now lives with him. Students in Onizuka's "Class 2-4" will be played by Haruna Kawaguchi, Shō Takada, Shintarō Morimoto, and Taishi Nakagawa. Yūsuke Yamamoto and Ryōsei Tayama round out the cast; Yamamoto will play the part of Toshiyuki Saejima, policeman and bad influence on Onizuka, while Tayama will play Hiroshi Uchiyamada, the loud-mouthed vice-principal and Onizuka's nemesis. The series will premiere in July on the Fuji TV network and will run on Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. Source I have no idea who any of these actors/actresses (minus Yuu Shirota) are really. I love the 1998 series and wished that it could have made it over to the US (but at least the movie made it over) I hope this version will be well received. I wonder if any of the old cast would make a cameo.