Angelina Jolie Sets Japanese Singer Miyavi As Brutal WWII POW Camp Guard ‘The Bird’ In ‘Unbroken’
Saturday 12 Oct, 2013 - 12:01am UTC
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Universal Pictures and director Angelina Jolie
have found their villain for the Lou Zamperini tale "Unbroken
". Jolie has set Japanese guitarist and singer Miyavi
to play the role of Mutsushiro Watanabe
, known as “The Bird
.” That is the guard who made it his mission to break the spirit of Zamperini, and who haunted the athlete-turned-POW’s every step after he was captured in WWII. Individuals close to the project that it was no easy task to cast this role. After a long search for the perfect actor, the filmmakers continually found themselves returning to Miyavi’s captivating audition, one that mixed grace, ferocity, sensitivity and sophistication. That audition got Miyavi his first lead role in a Hollywood film. Jolie begins production in Australia in two weeks, and Universal releases the film December 25, 2014.
“As a musician, I questioned whether I should take a break from my craft to pursue this role,” Miyavi said in a statement. “After meeting Angie, it became clear to me that an underlying theme to this story is forgiveness. This resonated with me because that is exactly what I want express through my music. I look forward to taking on this challenge whole-heartedly.”
Miyavi will have to rearrange his Asia tour for this role but I am sure everyone would like to see Miyavi on the big screen and will be patient. An amazing opportunity for the Jrock community's "Samurai Guitarist
". Congratulations Miyavi!!!