Ken Watanabe Joins Gareth Edwards' 'Godzilla,' in Production Now
by Ethan Anderton
March 18, 2013
After rounding up an impressive cast that includes like Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn and Juliette Binoche, the reboot of Godzilla from director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) is officially into production on location in Vancouver, but one more name has popped up in a press release announcing the news. Because it wouldn't be a Godzilla movie without at least one Japanese actor, Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment have landed Inception and Batman Begins star Ken Watanabe. However, we're not sure what role he will be playing or what the general plot of the film will be.
Of course, since this is a Godzilla film, you can imagine that it will involve a giant lizard attacking a city at some point. However, we're interested in how these actors and the director are handling the material with a contemporary lens. The footage shown at Comic-Con was reminiscent of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, so maybe this will be less of an action bonanza, and more of a disaster film with real-life consequences and loss of life acknowledged. That was something that seemed to be ignored when Godzilla came back to the big screen in the late 90s with Roland Emmerich at the helm. Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures will send Godzilla stomping into theaters on May 16th, 2014.