HBO Max’s Ansel Elgort-Led Crime Drama Tokyo Vice Sets Premiere Date

HBO Max has finally set the premiere date for J.T. Rogers’ upcoming series adaptation of Tokyo Vice, based on Jake Adelstein’s 2009 memoir of the same name. It is scheduled to make its debut on April 7, 2022, with the first three episodes, which will be followed by two episodes debuting every Thursday leading up to the finale on April 28.

In addition, the streamer has also dropped the first official photo from the crime drama, which you can check out below, providing us with our first look at Ken Watanabe, and Ansel Elgort in his first-ever TV role.

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Tokyo Vice is created and written by Tony winner J.T. Rogers, which will be loosely based on Jake Adelstein’s non-fiction first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat. Joining Elgort are Oscar nominees Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) and Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim, Westworld), along with Rachel Keller, Ella Rumpf, Hideaki Ito, Show Kasamatsu, Tomohisa Yamashita.

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“The series centers around an American journalist who follows the Tokyo Vice police squad to reveal corruption, chronicling his daily descent into the neon-soaked underbelly of Tokyo in the late ’90s, where nothing and no one is truly what or who they seem,” reads the logline. 

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The 10-episode series is executive produced by Oscar nominee Michael Mann, who also directed the pilot. Executive producers are Elgort, Watanabe, Adelstein, Alan Poul, Emily Gerson Saines, Brad Kane, Destin Daniel Cretton, Kayo Washio, and  John Lesher.


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