Maki was implicated in a crowdfunding controversy in August this year when it was revealed that she had used such a website to get funds for her photobook which was to be sold during the Comic Market. Due to the hoo-ha over this, she received a lot of criticism which led to her apologising for what happened, closing her newly-opened Twitter account and her absence from the filming of her Summer 2017 drama "Seshiru no Mokuromi" at the last minute without prior notice. According to insiders, it was said that Maki was still suffering psychologically from the effects from what happened during summer and that for her to quit from this movie, her condition was rather worrying.
The movie is a remake of the South Korean hit and will be shuttling between the present era and the 90s. Shinohara Ryoko plays Nami, a full-time housewife who wants to reunite her buddies from the group "SUNNY" when they were in an all-girls senior high school after knowing that one of her best friends Serika (Maki -> Itaya) is down with terminal cancer. However, it has been 22 years since they last gathered so it is an uphill task trying to locate everyone. Koike Eiko will play Yuko who is the wife of a rich man while Tomosaka Rie plays Shin who works in the sex trade and has financial difficulties. Last but not least, Watanabe Naomi will be playing Ume, the owner of a real estate business. Another key figure in their group Nana will be played by another actress which will be announced at a later date. Hirose Suzu will play the senior high school version of Naomi in this movie.
Sources: Oricon / Sponichi