It has been announced that Yamada Ryosuke will be starring in a New Year's historical drama special that will air on TBS on January 2nd. The special is called Shinshun Rekishi Special Shirarezaru no Bakumatsu no Shishi Yamada Akiyoshi Monogatari and stars Yamada as a young soldier for the Meiji government who fought in the Bakumatsu clashes during the period of Japanese history where the Shogunate rule ended as the Meiji period began. Kiriyama Akito of B.A.D. also has a role in the special.
Filming was done back in October.
Yamada Akiyoshi Monogatari OHP (Japanese)
It looks like Johnny's is going to make use of the fact that Yamada is 18 now and can be scheduled for more work. I can see him doing much more when he graduates from high school in March and have the feeling that this SP and the weekly drama he's been announced for may not be the last we see of him in dramas for 2012.
I'm also really happy to see Akito get another drama role for something outside of the Kansai area. He seems to be the "acting" Kansai Junior so it's nice to see him get a break like this.
And I admit I'm kinda interested in this one. I don't know too much about the Bakumatsu period outside of mentions of it in the Rurouni Kenshin manga as it's set in the early years of Meiji. I did watch the historical drama Byakkotai, which starred Yamashita Tomohisa and Tanaka Koki but I watched it for the small role Fujigaya Taisuke had, and liked it so I'll probably try to give this a shot if I can find it.