Although Godzilla isn't slated to hit theaters until May 16, 2014, there's been a ton of buzz surrounding this flick. And now today some concrete news has rolled in which should have any Godzilla fan buzzing louder than ever.
It is now confirmed that legendary actor Akira Takarada, who had a role in several Godzilla films including the original, has indeed landed a part in Legendary Pictures' take on the titular character.
The news comes from Tim Bean via the Legendary Pictures: Cast Akira Takarada in the new Godzilla Movie Facebook Group, who spearheaded the campaign:
"For the record Mr. Takarada filmed his scene on 3/18/13. His scene was the very first scene they shot. The YouTube video of Gareth Edwards stating that they just shot the first scene of the movie is the scene with Mr. Takarada. My take on this is by shooting his scene as the first shoot,
"symbolically" links the original Godzilla movie to this production. That again is me, not an official thing. He is now back in Japan. He is thankful for our effort in making this happen. Max Borenstein and Gareth Edwards are very happy about it also."
A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Godzilla will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. Legendary Pictures is a divion of Legendary Entertainment.