Angelina Jolie has just cast J-pop/rock star Miyavi in her latest film (she's directing the film) the World War II drama “Unbroken” which is being filmed in Australia. He plays the controversially “evil” role of Imperial Japanese Army sergeant Mutsuhiro Watanabe. The story follows Louis Zamperini, an Olympian in 1936 and a pilot in WWII. In 1943, his plane crashed in the Pacific, and “he survived without food and water for 47 days, enduring shark attacks, aerial attacks and hunger before washing ashore on a Japanese island behind enemy lines, where he was held as a prisoner of war for two years and tortured by his captors.” (Universal)
Here’s what Miyavi had to say about the casting,
"As a musician, and also with the fact that the subject of the movie was somewhat sensitive to the Japanese people, I questioned whether I should take a break from my craft to pursue this role, but after meeting Angie, it became clear to me that an underlying theme to this story is forgiveness, and I thought I might eventually become like a bridge between the two states and the world, by depicting the gruesomeness of the war. This idea resonated with me because that is exactly what I want to express through my music. I look forward to taking on this challenge whole-heartedly."
Unbroken begins filming in 2 weeks in Australia and arrives in theatres on Christmas Day, 2014.
Want to know more about Miyavi and his music? He almost sounds like a Japanese John Butler…
Here is a cool interview with him in English - how well does he speak?
Here's Angelina's latest promo pic with the real war veteran, Louis “Louie” Zamperini.