Godzilla may have originally been Japanese, but up until now the cast circling the upcoming big budget reboot of the franchise has been resolutely Western. Now they’ve decided to remedy that, with Warner Bros issuing a press release confirming Ken Watanabe for the movie.
They’ve also announced the start of principal photography in Vancouver, Canada, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston starring.
There’s still no word on the plot for Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont and Dave Callaham script, although it will inevitably revolve around a giant lizard that comes out of the ocean and starts attacking cities. Director Gareth Edwards has promised a more grounded film that Roland Emmerich’s 1998 take on Godzilla, which sticks closer to its Japanese roots.
It’ll hit cinemas May 16th, 2014.