Gareth Edwards’ new Godzilla movie is returning to its roots in the best way imaginable: by having one of the original Godzilla actors come on board. It’s been confirmed that Akira Takarada, who played diver Hideto Ogata in the 1954 film, will have an unspecified role in the Legendary Pictures reboot.
“Special photo from the #Godzilla set. Thanks to all the Godzilla fans for your support,” the Legendary Twitter account posted along with a picture of Edwards and Takarada.
It seems likely that Takarada won’t reprise the role of Hideto, but that might be a nice nod to the original. He’s already played the character again in Godzilla: King of Monsters!, and returned to the Godzilla franchise in 1964’s Mothra vs. Godzilla, 1966’s Godzilla Versus the Sea Monster, 1977’s Godzilla, 1992’s Gojira vs. Mosura and 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars. It seems like Edward would have been remiss if he didn’t include the actor in this movie as well.
Godzilla is currently shooting in Vancouver. Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), Ken Watanabe (Inception, Batman Begins) and David Strathairn (Alphas) star in the film. It is slated to open May 16, 2014.