Watanabe Joins Cirque du FreakGoon
Variety is reporting that Ken Watanabe has signed on to join John C. Reily and Salma Hayek in Cirque du Freak for Universal Pictures. The film is based off of a series of books written by Darren Shan and adapted for the screen by Brian Helgeland. Paul Weitz will be directing.
Reilly will play a vampire who drafts a 14-year-old to serve as his assistant. The youth is turned into a half-vampire and becomes the catalyst in a battle between vampires and the rival Vampanese. Hayek will play Madame Truska, the bearded lady. Watanabe will portray Mr. Tall, the barker for the Cirque.
Shooting will begin next month. Keep it here for more on this.