Easily one of the most well-recognized Japanese actors working in the Hollywood studio system, Ken Watanabe has been able to balance big budget films like Inception, The Last Samurai, Letters from Iwo Jima and Memoirs of a Geisha with a steady line of television series and films in his native Japan.
Now, the Japanese studio system is taking a page out of the Hollywood playbook by remaking the 1992 Clint Eastwood award-winning western Unforgiven with Watanabe in the Eastwood role. Well, a version of it anyway.
The remake will be a samurai film helmed by Lee Sang-Il (Hula Girls) and be titled Yurusarezaru Mono, which roughly translates to A Thing That Cannot Be Forgiven.
The story will follow a samurai in 19th-century Japan with a troubled past, who is forced out of retirement for one last job. Koichi Sato (Sukiyaki Western Django) and Akira Emoto (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Waterboys) will also star.
Unforgiven won four Oscars at the 1993 Academy Awards including best supporting actor for Gene Hackman and best director and picture for Eastwood.