Well I’m sure we all know that Morimoto Shintaro is one of the more famous Johnny’s Juniors. He may not be in a group like Kis-My-Ft2 or A.B.C.-Z. but he’s definitely going places. And he’s going even more places in the future! Credits to dilaChan at for the information.

Johnny’s Jr. member Shintaro Morimoto (11) has been given his first role in a movie. He will play the lead in Shochiku’s “Snow Prince: Kinjirareta Koi no Melody,” directed by Joji Matsuoka (“Tokyo Tower”).

The movie uses an original script by Kundo Koyama, who wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award-winning “Okuribito” (“Departures”). The story is set in a poor village during the early Showa era, and Morimoto plays a young boy who has lost both parents. The heroine is being played by Marino Kuwajima (11), while the rest of the cast includes Teruyuki Kagawa, Rei Dan, Maiko, Katsuo Nakamura, and Tadanobu Asano.

“Snow Prince” is scheduled to be released in December. So far, film distributors from 17 other countries have already sent offers, making it very likely that the picture will see a wide international release.

Shintaro is only eleven years old…he’s definitely getting more attention than his older brother. I hope that the music is a big success…I don’t know exactly what that will do for him in Japan but maybe the explosion in popularity will see him debut soon (although I think he might have to grow a couple more years before that happens).