Ken Watanabe has joined the cast of Legendary Pictures’ “Godzilla.” Though nothing has been revealed about the role he’ll play, at least his involvement has been confirmed by Warner Bros.
WB sent out a press release announcing the start of production on Gareth Edwards’ take on “Godzilla.” Among the listed cast members were Watanabe and the previously unconfirmed Juliette Binoche. Rounding out the excellent roster are Aaron Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and David Strathairn.
Johnson plays the lead role in the movie, while Cranston will reportedly play his step-father and Olsen will play his girlfriend. The plot has not been revealed, but Edwards’ take on “Godzilla” is supposed to bring it back to its origins.
“Godzilla” is due in theaters on May 16, 2014. Nothing has been seen of the movie since Warner Bros. announced it at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, so in all likelihood the studio will have its cast return in 2013. David Callaham, David S. Goyer and Max Borenstein penned the script and original Japanese creator Toho Studios is overseeing the project. Former “The Walking Dead” showrunner Frank Darabont worked on a rewrite.
“What we’re trying to do with the new movie is not have it camp, not have it be campy,” Darabont said. “We’re kind of taking a cool new look at it. But with a lot of tradition in the first film. We want this to be a terrifying force of nature.”