The wrestler will be featured in the upcoming 45th-anniversary film, Kamen Rider Heisei Generations.
Pro Wrestling star and celebrity Kamen Rider fan Hiroshi Tanahashi will appear in the upcoming Kamen Rider Heisei Generations: Dr. Pacman VS Ex-Aid & Ghost With Legend Riders as Dr. Pacman’s ally, Soji Raise, who becomes the Roboru Bugstar.
Tanahashi belongs to New Japan Pro Wrestling, holding the title for longest Championship belt defense. He is known for using Kamen Rider catchphrases as well as dressing in Rider-themed costumes in the ring. His trademark pose was inspired by Kamen Rider Kabuto.
Tanahashi has previously appeared in the Kamen Rider V3 music video from the Kamen Rider Girls and the Life is Showtime music video from Kiryuin Sho. He also portrayed an ancient Garo in the GARO: Ashura special earlier this year.
In regards to his appearance, Tanahashi remarked, “It was like entering a dream, being part of the Kamen Rider universe”.
Tanahashi’s Bugstar pose is crafted to make the character look as if he’s crushing an object, something Tanahashi says he doesn’t usually work into his own poses in the ring.
Within the movie, Pacman is a mysterious game virus life-form attacking Earth, prompting Ex-Aid, Ghost, and the Legend Riders to confront the threat.
The Movie Taisen series has officially been revamped into Kamen Rider Heisei Generation. This time around, the movie will also contain Kamen Riders Drive, Gaim, and Wizard as guests.