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.
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!!!