Toho has announced the July 29 release date of the newest entry in the Godzilla movie series (“Shin Godzilla”), which began in 1954. “Shin Godzilla” will also feature the largest cast to ever appear in a Japanese movie — 328 actors, to be exact.
The names of some stars appearing in the latest monster movie franchise include leading actor Hiroki Hasegawa, 39, as well as Yutaka Takenouchi, 45, and Satomi Ishihara, 29. Kengo Kora, 28, and Ren Osugi, 64, are also part of the star-studded cast, along with former AKB48 idol singer Atsuko Maeda, 24, Sankei Shimbun reported. Th film is directed by Hideaki Anno ("Evangelion") and Shinji Higuchi ("Attack on Titan").
The concept for “Shin Godzilla” is “Japan versus Godzilla.” When questioned about the grand scale of the cast, a Toho spokesperson said, “It’s to exemplify that a massive number of people is needed to battle an equally massive monster — Godzilla.”
Filming took place last August and concluded in October. The huge turnover of actors entering and exiting the movie set caused a humorous rumor among many stakeholders that, “Aside from the Godzilla locations, all of the actors in Japan have disappeared.”© Japan Today