Godzilla Gets Guest Appearance From Original Star Akira Takarada

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Veteren actor Takarada has appeared in several Godzilla movies, including Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1965), Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966), Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) and Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). However, his role as Ogata in the original is the one he is best remembered for. There’s no word on whether his character will be a link to the original Godzilla continuity or not, but it’s a great coup to have him there, either way.

Gareth Edwards has also added another cast member to his movie. British actress Sally Hawkins will play a scientist. Hawkins is best known for Little Crackers and Great Expectations.

Appearing alongside Takarada and Hawkins are Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston, Richard T. Jones and Juliette Binoche. Gareth Edwards is currently filming Godzilla in Vancouver. In an earlier article, we already showed you military men in fatigues, as well as nuclear missiles.

A teaser trailer was released for the film last year, showing the silhouette of Godzilla. Based on that, some spec art was done by IDW artist Matt Frank (Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters; Godzilla: Gangsters and Goliaths; Godzilla: Legends; Beast Wars Sourcebook.) See below…

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Edwards promises that the new Godzilla remake will be “realistic and serious”; somewhat in the style of Cloverfield.  Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla opens nationwide on May 16, 2014.