In Gareth Edwards’ Film ‘True Love,’ Ken Watanabe Takes Over for Benedict Wong

Ken Watanabe, the cast member of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, has joined the cast of his forthcoming New Regency film True Love in a character initially supposed to have been portrayed by Benedict Wong, after the latter actor’s exit because of scheduling conflicts.

Watanabe will be seen with earlier confirmed cast members along with Gemma Chan, Allison Janney, John David Washington, and Sturgill Simpson.

Watanabe’s Character Is Undisclosed Currently

Edwards (known for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Monsters) has both written and directed the latest film. The movie is an original science-fiction story set shortly. Specifications about its storyline and the character Watanabe is portraying are not disclosed as of now, with production in progress.

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Kiri Hart and Edwards Collaborated to Produce the Film

For producing the film, Edwards has collaborated with his Rogue One collaborator Kiri Hart and New Regency, which has given the funding for the film. His latest film sits on a forthcoming slate from the company that also has an untitled original film from David O.

Russell and stars Christian Bale, John David Washington, Margot Robbie, Mike Myers, Robert De Niro, Chris Rock, and more; Adrian Lyne’s Deep Water, which stars Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas; and Robert Eggers’ The Northman starring Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe.

In Gareth Edwards' film True Love
In Gareth Edwards’ film True Love

Watanabe is popular for his supporting role in Edward Zwick’s The Last Samurai, for which he won Oscar, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations back in 2004. The actor will next appear in the HBO Max series Tokyo Vice, in which he also served as executive producer alongside pilot director Michael Mann and more.

He has also seen on the film side in titles including Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, Letters from Iwo Jima, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, The King and I, Bel Canto, Batman Begins, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Isle of Dogs, and The Sea of Trees, among others.

Watanabe is represented by WME, Activist Artists Management, and K Dash in Tokyo.

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