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Gareth Edwards' 'Godzilla' continues to assemble the human counterpart to its titular giant lizard. So far the cast includes the likes of Aaron Johnson ('Kick-Ass'), Elizabeth Olsen ('Silent House'), Bryan Cranston ('Breaking Bad'), and David Strathairn ('Good Night, Good Luck'). Now it looks like Ken Watanabe ('The Last Samurai') has come aboard as well. This will mark the third Legendary Pictures collaboration for Watanabe, who had previously appeared in Christopher Nolan's 'Batman Begins' and 'Inception.' Details on Watanabe's character are being withheld, as are details on all the other characters. It has also been announced that the new 'Godzilla' has officially gone into production. The film, which is expected to be presented in 3D, is currently slated for release on May 16th, 2014.
This is fantastic news! Ken Watanabe is an outstanding actor, and his turns in Legendary Pictures projects so far have been great. I also thought he was excellent in 'The Last Samurai.' I was actually wondering if Edwards was planning on including any prominent Japanese actors in his reboot. 'Gojira' was of course a landmark film in Japanese cinema, and the monster itself has become inextricably associated with Japan. That's not to say that it was a requirement for the new film to cast an actor from Japan, but it would have been lacking for the absence of Japanese talent. My guess is, given the fact that production has officially begun, that the Frank Darabont re-working of the script has been completed. While rewrites are never a great sign for any production, the fact that Darabont was involved actually instills me with a great deal of confidence for 'Godzilla.' With 'The Walking Dead,' he brought to life a world in which people must learn to live with a supernatural threat that becomes a fixture in their lives. One could easily imagine how those themes would well serve a new 'Godzilla' movie.
What do you guys think? Is Watanabe a good addition to 'Godzilla?' Are you excited to see the movie?