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Ken Watanabe Joins 'Godzilla,' Though This Might Just Be a Dream...

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Mar 18, 2013 | 4:25pm EDT

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As the legends go, it takes the most valiant warrior to take down the most savage of a kingdom's beasts — and in somewhat of a reversal of this old maxim, it took the last samurai to bring Godzilla to life: Inception star Ken Watanabe has signed on to the Warner Bros. monster movie just as production emerges from the abyss. And yeah, technically he wasn't the last samurai in The Last Samurai, Tom Cruise was. But you get the idea. It's a joke. About the movie. It's not racist.

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The Hollywood Reporter reports that Watanabe, a power player in Batman Begins, Letters from Iwo Jima, and Memoirs of a Geisha, is joining Godzilla as an unspecified character, as principal photography of the 3D film kicks off. Watanabe joins already cast players like Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, and Godzilla.

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