The folks at Warner Bros. had a little surprise for old-school Godzilla fans this morning. The studio revealed on Twitter that Akira Takarada will have a small role in the director Gareth Edward’s upcoming reboot. The film is slated to arrive in theaters next year.
For those of you who haven’t seen the original Godzilla, Takarada’s name in the credits of Edwards’ flick might not seem like a big deal. However, those of us who have watched a metric ton of Godzilla movies over the years know exactly who the guy is.
In addition to starring in the first Godzilla flick back in 1954, the actor appeared in Mothra vs. Godzilla and Godzilla Versus the Sea Monster. Takarada also had a role in the 1992 flick Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth. He’s done extensive work outside the franchise as well.
Although this is probably only a big deal for a select group of film nerds, it would seem that Warner Bros. is committed to treating the big green lizard with a little respect. If this fan service is any indication of things to come, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla could be something special.
Warner Bros. recent tweet, complete with picture of Edwards and Akira Takarada, has been included below. The Godzilla reboot stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston. The film hits theaters on May 16, 2014.
— Warner Bros Pictures (@wbpictures) March 27, 2013