Actor Ken Watanabe Making His Directorial Debut on 442nd?
One of my favorite actors of all-time is Ken Watanabe. He's one of those guys where I usually love almost anything he's in (can't wait for Inception). Well, on top of acting, Pajiba says Watanabe might be making his directorial debut on a World War II film called 442nd. Although Pajiba is one of the most reliable sources for new scoops, they're even saying this may just be a rumor, so don't take it as complete assurance that this is happening. According to them, this indie project is being produced by Bill Gerber (The Dukes of Hazzard, Beerfest, Gran Torino) and packaged by Roar management. I hope this is all true - I would love to see this!
The project, 442nd, is about the true story of the Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a military unit assembled during WWII and sent on suicide missions in Europe. For their efforts against the Nazis, they became the most decorated unit in American military history. Watanabe has worked with some fantastic directors previously - Clint Eastwood, Christopher Nolan, Rob Marshall, Edward Zwick - and no doubt gained quite a bit of experience working with them. We don't know any other details on this yet, but rest assured we'll keep you updated, at the very least because I love hearing about anything with Watanabe.