It was revealed that former AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko will be starring in NHK's new period drama entitled "Asaki Yumemishi ~Yaoya Oshichi Ibun" which will start airing in September.
Though Maeda has appeared in NHK Taiga drama "Ryomaden" previously, this would be her very first period drama as the lead star.
The drama will be based on "Yaoya Oshichi no Houka Jiken (lit. Yaoya Oshichi's arson case)" that has been handed down. It's a story about "Oshichi", a daughter of the greengrocer in Edo period. Oshichi falls in love with a page at a temple where she evacuated to after the great fire. After she goes back to her home, she commits arson because she thought she would be able to go back and live at the temple with him again if there was another fire. She is, however, burned at the stake for her crime.
"Asaki Yumemishi ~Yaoya Oshichi Ibun" will begin airing on September 19th on NHK (every Thursday at 8:00 pm).