Atsuko Maeda lands first TV drama role since leaving AKB48
Former AKB48 member Atsuko Maeda, 21, is to appear alongside SMAP singer Shingo Katori, 36, in a forthcoming Fuji TV drama. The drama, titled “Kasukana Kanojo” (Ghostly Girlfriend), is to begin airing in April in the prime-time Tuesday 10 p.m. drama slot.
Maeda plays a school teacher in the drama which will be her first major acting role since she left AKB48 last August. “We’re about to start shooting, so I’m really excited,” Maeda told reporters.