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Ken Watanabe Joins 'Godzilla' As Production Starts, Juliette Binoche Confirmed

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist March 18, 2013 at 2:29PM

...and just like that, Warner Bros. has announced that production has started today on "Godzilla," with the studio, filmmakers and everyone else keeping a tight lock and seal over details or anything else concerning the production. But the press release did offer up a couple more eyebrow raising bits of casting for a monster movie that seems to be following the "Pacific Rim" playbook to a certain degree.
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Ken Watanabe Juliette Binoche

...and just like that, Warner Bros. has announced that production has started today on "Godzilla," with the studio, filmmakers and everyone else keeping a tight lock and seal over details or anything else concerning the production. But the press release did offer up a couple more eyebrow raising bits of casting for a monster movie that seems to be following the "Pacific Rim" playbook to a certain degree.

Japanese actor Ken Watanabe ("Inception," "Letters From Iwo Jima") has come aboard, while French actress Juliette Binoche is indeed confirmed, making her first steps in a Hollywood blockbuster. Either this is one helluva script, or Binoche need to pay some bills. With the rest of the cast including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston and David Strathairn, like Guillermo Del Toro's monster movie, it's taking an ensemble approach without an A-list, bankable star. We'd wager the studio is hoping to sell the movie on spectacle, or either that, Binoche fans are gonna come in droves and see this twenty times each in theaters.

Gareth Edwards makes the leap from "Monsters" to his mega studio debut, with the movie expected to be in 3D. "Godzilla" will wreak havoc on May 16, 2014, but following last year's crowd-pleasing Comic-Con sizzle reel, could WB have a secret up their sleeves for San Diego this year as well? [via STYD]

This article is related to: Godzilla, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche


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