Initial Cast Announced for Toho’s Shin Godzilla; First Plot Details!

Oh yes… With each passing day we take comfort in the fact right now Toho is filming its own Godzilla film entitled Shin Gojira. Speaking of which, we have the first bit of casting news and plot details for you.

Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, and Satomi Ishihara are the first actors announced that are in danger of being stomped upon.

The good folks over at the Gormaru Island Facebook page have translated the following article which is home to the first plot and character details. Note:  We took what they translated and shaped it into sentences that actually make sense.

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Shin Gojira takes place in modern-day Japan, which has suffered an attack by the Big G. It isn’t long until the United States gets involved in the chaos as a means to try to help.

For the cast, the choice to join Shin Gojira was an unnerving one as everyone felt intense pressure given how big of an icon Godzilla is. However, upon reading the script by Hideaki Anno and his directing and writing partner Shinji Higuchi, everyone decided to sign up for active duty.

Japanese actor Hiromi Hasegawa is the male lead character. Hasegawa’s character is an honest and straightforward kind of guy.

Yutaka Takenouchi plays the role of a Japanese government official who’s seen his country devastated. In the article Takenouchi states that this 29th Godzilla film, like the 1954 film, will be one of the strongest Godzilla entries into the series.

Satomi Ishihara plays a U.S. Agent and the heroine in the movie. Apparently, Ishihara herself shed tears while reading the script for Shin Godzilla at home. She went on to say that the pressure weighs even heavier on her because as the heroine of a Godzilla film, she feels greatly responsible to deliver the best performance she possibly can.

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The article also goes on to say that Godzilla (2014) has set the height bar of the creature at 108 meters, but Shin Gojira is expected to exceed that, thereby becoming the largest incarnation of Godzilla to date.

Executive producer Yamauchi confirms that Shin Gojira IS the official movie title. As the title indicates, Shin Gojira is meant to be an expression of resurrecting the true Godzilla. This Godzilla will invoke the fear of God into everyone whose path he comes across, a testament to the “God” part of his namesake.

Co-writer/co-director Hideaki Anno states that the film’s title will also have a variety of meanings given the feelings that everyone invested into both the icon Godzilla and the film itself. Shin Gojira started production on August 10th, shooting in the Kanato suburbs of Japan, and plans are to complete filming at the end of October.

Shin Gojira will release in summer 2016.

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