Dakota Fanning Joins Michael B. Jordan in Rooster Teeth's 'gen:LOCK'

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Dakota Fanning and Koichi Yamadera

The star of 'The Alienist' will voice a pilot, while 'Ghost in the Shell's' Koichi Yamadera will take on the character of Kazu Iida.

Rooster Teeth is rounding out the cast for its animated series gen:LOCK.

The digital studio has tapped The Alienist star Dakota Fanning and Ghost in the Shell's Koichi Yamadera to voice characters in the series alongside Michael B. Jordan.

The 3D animated series is set on Earth while its last free society is on the losing side of a global war. A diverse team of young pilots is recruited to control the next generation of mecha, so-called giant, weaponized robot bodies. These recruits find that their newfound abilities come at no small cost. Fanning will play Miranda Worth, an expert pilot who is also a love interest for Jordan's Julian Chase. Yamadera will voice Kazu Iida, a new recruit who transfers from Japan's military forces to fight alongside Chase.

"We're thrilled to announce Dakota and Yamadera-san are joining the cast of gen:LOCK,” said gen:LOCK showrunner Gray Haddock, head of Rooster Teeth Animation. "Dakota brings an endearing energy and texture to Miranda that the audience is going to bond with very strongly. Yamadera-san gives Kazu a fantastic balance of attitude and strength, and, as anime fans, we’re doing our best not to geek out that he’s joined the cast."

Gen:LOCK is Rooster Teeth's second anime-style series. The Austin-based studio, a subsidiary of Otter Media's Fullscreen, is best known for producing digital series RWBY and Red vs. Blue

Jordan's Outlier Productions is co-producing gen:LOCK with Rooster Teeth. The series is expected to premiere in January 2019.

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