Watanabe Joins Freak Show

Ken Watanabe joins Cirque de FreakAnother big name has joined the cast of the upcoming adaptation of the YA book series Cirque du Freak, adding to a list that includes Salma Hayek and John C. Reilly. This time out it’s Batman Begins/Last Samurai star Ken Watanabe according to Variety.

12 books were written by Darren Shan in the Cirque du Freak world, in which an ancient vampire (Reilly) enlists the help of a 14-year-old boy to be his assistant. Hayek will play the bearded lady, and the best looking bearded lady ever; Watanabe will take on the role of Mr. Tall.

Paul Weitz begins directing the first Cirque de Freak movie next month for Universal; we’ll keep you informed as we hear more!

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  • Chainsaw

    Man, when I saw the headline, I was kinda hoping Gedde Watanabe had been signed.

    Ah well, Ken’s good too. I’m still having a hard time wrapping my mind around the idea of John C. Reilly playing a vamp.