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Angelina Jolie Casts Japanese Musician Miyavi as 'Unbroken' Villain!

Angelina Jolie Casts Japanese Musician Miyavi as 'Unbroken' Villain!

Angelina Jolie has just cast Japanese singer and guitarist Miyavi as the villain in her upcoming highly anticipated film Unbroken!

The role – Mutsushiro Watanabe, also known as “The Bird” – is the guard who made it his mission to break the spirit of Lou Zamperini, and who haunted the athlete-turned-POW’s every step after he was captured in WWII, according to Deadline.

Production is set to begin in two weeks in Australia, and will be released on December 25, 2014.

In case you missed it, check out this pic of Angelina leaning on real life Olympic runner and World War II prisoner of war Louis Zamperini. Lou‘s story inspired the plot for Unbroken.

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  • Love Conquers All

    A comment I saw on gold derby, of an individual who saw gravity and Gravity chances at the Oscars
    Utter tosh. It’s guaranteed wins in the technical. it’s guaranteed a nom for Bullock, but by no means the win. It also stands an excellent chance at photography. However, there is no way Gravity can win Best Picture with that script. The amount of eye-rolling and snickering that went on in the theater while I was there spoke volumes. The film is a tech marvel, but that’s all it is. It will be treated as the ambitious pop-corn flick that it is, with generous pats on the back for digital ingenuity, and a denial of the big 2 awards.

  • Love Conquers All

    BFCA movie ratings for 12 Years A Slave is 96! :)

  • Wonderbust

    @Love Conquers All:
    were you able to catch TYAS at NYFF or are you seeing it Sunday

  • Love Conquers All


    I be able to see it this Sunday on the day NYFF closes,I really can’t to all you guys about what I saw. I’m so eager to share about TYAS.

  • William Bradley&The Jolie

    Good Evening Folks. Re; the Oscars, I always like to keep in mind the the majority of the voters are still, white, male and over the age of 65. And they will , in the end, do what they want regardless of precedent. I can very easily see them giving multiple nominations to 12YAS, and then giving the best pic award to Gravity of some other flick. It is a long, long slog from now to award night. The next hurdle will be that of the box office. It needs to make a decent showing, not spectacular, but decent. Does anyone have a sense of how much effort Fox is making with African American media, especially ? And general media? I am concerned that too much of the buzz is finding itself limited to cinephiles, and not spreading out enough from there. If am wrong the strategy, I will be very happy to be corrected.

  • Wonderbust

    @William Bradley&The Jolie:
    I was thinking the same thing. As of now yes TYAS is the frontrunner but lets not forget The Color Purple fiasco. Then again sometimes the Academy likes to make a statement like when Denzel and Halle won the same night. Box office will be the next challenge. They need to be doing promos on shows like Scandal(which has a diverse viewership but also a large AA base). I just looked up the box office for Precious and its amazing that it started off very very strong. 1.8million in 18 theaters, which is more than Slumdog and Black Swan, however it was not able to keep the momentum and only ended up making 40 something million. The Butler was able to make over $10million BUT that movie is not brutal nor is it rated R.

  • Wonderbust

    typo I meant the Butler made over $100million, BUT that movie was pg13 and not brutal

  • Love Conquers All

    @William Bradley&The Jolie:

    Have you seen Gravity? I disagree. The single reason ‘Gravity’ will NOT win Best Picture is its emotional vacancy. Spectacular, landmark visual film, a modern masterpiece that will be studied for decades to come. But the story, emotional pull, the passion of its characters? Not there. At all. Vacant. Also just because the voters are older and white that doesn’t mean you can discount the chances of TYAS of winning an Oscar. This award season is very political and historic because of the amout of black film appearing in this year Oscars. TYAS is wining raves over critics, audience, and experts who predict Oscars. And I feels like the Oscars are going to make big historic picks for Oscars that including TYAS. TYAS is undeniable to any one who thinks that TYAS is not thee top picks for best picture. Loved Gravity and want to see it win. But 12 Years A Slave will probably be the winner. And I’ll be happy about that because I hear it’s great as well. It’s sort of like when No Country for Old Men won and There Will be Blood didn’t, since I liked There Will be Blood more but had no complaints over the winner because I loved it anyway. I’d like to see them give Cuarón director and 12 Years Picture.

  • Kim

    Delusional troll continues to be out of touch with reality.It’s really sad
    Angelina Jolie #1 on Forbes 2013 list of highest earning actresses

  • Love Conquers All

    Also will be seeing “Her” at the NYFF too.

  • Jen the Hag

    Jen the Hag @ 10/11/2013 at 4:57 pm

    OMG!!!This dude looks like Jenny Shmitzu
    Oh my God why does a FAT TICK fans obsess with the JP fans that they love to stole the JP fans name? Simple FAT TICK fans are a bunch of FUGLY INSECURE WHINNY LOSERS ..bwahahahahah!!! Now TAMWHORE or any of your many ALTERS and proxy servers go back burst your pea brain ..if you have one LOL!!

  • Nancy

    Oh god YES. Miyavi is amazing. I never watch Jolie’s movies, but I’ll definitely watch this one for him.

  • William Bradley&The Jolie

    @Love Conquers All: I think you may be misinterpreting what I wrote. I want 12YAS to win. I think it should win. But I would not be shocked if it doesn’t win. NOTHING is inevitable, esp. with the Academy. This is why Fox’s marketing campaign is critical. At this juncture, I am just a little concerned about it as we make our way toward the film’s openings. Fox has accomplished what was needed at stage one wtih the critical acclaim at these festivals. Now, it’s commercial box office. Then we have the mailing of screeners and the managing of Academy screenings, as well as private schmoozing. Then they have to run the gauntlet of critic and guild awards. And finally we get to the main event.

    And we still have other films that haven’t come out yet.

  • jessyca


  • William Bradley&The Jolie

    @Wonderbust: Yes I am a little concerned. I was talking to an African American friend at work, and asked if he was going to see the film, mind you this is a man who prides himself on being aware of his history as well as very into film, and he knew NOTHING about this movie. He said he had never heard of it. I was a little shocked to be truthful. And I would think that, only a few weeks away from general release, that should not be the case. On the flip side, he did not go to see The Butler, but he knew about it.

    So, yes, I am a little concerned.

  • Love Conquers All

    @William Bradley&The Jolie:

    I understand your point and I agree with the strategy with how Fox have to have TYAS have success at the box office. And that we haven’t seen the rest films that are contesting the award season. I’m just saying that I met people that already seen TYAS at NYFF at both screenings and TYAS is all positive buzz which includes Oscar talk. And also I already seen Blue Jasmine, Nebraska, Captain Phillips, All is Lost, and other selective films at NYFF.

  • William Bradley&The Jolie

    @Love Conquers All: Ah, I see. You are so lucky to get to go to the festival. Unfortunately, my life is such at the moment that I may not get to see as many of these films as I may want to in real time. The best I can do for now is follow some of the film sites that report on these things, as well as check in on bloggers and comment sites such as Awards Daily.

  • Wonderbust

    @William Bradley&The Jolie:
    2012 BET Awards they premiered the trailer of Django Unchained in June, the movie was released in December so there was a good 6 months of anticipation and buzz. The Butler had Oprah and she was doing all the rounds but the general public is not really familiar with McQueen or Ejiofor so I am hoping Brad can do more promos before the wide release

  • Love Conquers All

    @William Bradley&The Jolie:

    It’s okay:) I will see TYAS this Sunday, and I will post a review on a Monday morning about the film and reaction. I hope you and others will get too to see it soon in the coming weeks :)

  • William Bradley&The Jolie

    6 months?!!! Oh. my. goodness. I am having visions of Harvey’s fckup of KTS all over again. I may need someone to hold me.

  • Dawne

    See we have a real pig on board……..keep it up and we’ll just flag you and you can go bye bye……

    Angie is certainly going to have an interesting cast……can’t wait to see the finished product. At her busiest time she will receive her Oscar…what a schedule this woman has. I’m beginning to think multi-tasking fails to cover her abilities to simultaneously manage so much. No damn wonder she keeps weight off. What she must burn in any given day…..and still manages to look so fresh all the time.

  • Love Conquers All

    I was watching Charlie Rose on Bloomberg, and there was a 30 minute of Rose interviewing Steve Mcqueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender. They were all discussing the film and critical importance about the characters , and the film. It was a interesting discussion and insightful.

    here’s the link below

  • sunny

    credit to Nenufar2 BrangelinaForum
    “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 bit 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!!!
    He is in the middle of Japan Concert Tour right now but the tour will be finished before next month. 31 years old fresh- faced musician (he is almost un-known here) is the father of 2 cute girls. The audition got Miyavi to debut as an actor.

  • sunny

    May be no one has interest in Miyavi
    But I feel I’m not allowed to write any comment on 12YAS because I’ m a foreigner ?
    So I decided to focus on OT stuff at JJ. Bye

  • jmho

    After just having watched a few Miyavi youtube videos, I’m convinced that this casting is BRILLIANT! He is an intense artist.

  • Wonderbust

    Sunny I love your posts. Feel free to write anything you want on TYAS. There are many foreigner on this thread. Please do not let anyone keep you from posting your thoughts here. Thanks to you we found out that ITLOBH was being released in Japan and Angie would be going. You also brought information when WWZ was being released.

  • Tanti

    Congrats Angelina, you will make a great director!

  • Ⱦamsin

    ROTFLMAOOOO at the Deadline paid post. I mean really? “I’m told by sources close to the project”….PFFFF! What kind of professional entertainment journalist works for years and is unable to name an actual source? For shame!

    My favorite part is how he says that the TOWN PUMP “impressed Universal executives” with her directorial flop, when he should’ve said it was UNIVERSALLY derided by executives, critics and audiences alike.

    Pothead went on record to say that Andrew Dominik took 5 years to get his second movie (KTS) made because the first one, despite getting a few nominations, it was considered a failure by the studio. So even with Pothead’s help, Dominik waited 5 years to have another shot at directing. What kind of “favors” is the sleazy Ho doing to get another chance at directing after the first movie was such an epic flop? Oh I suspect loons don’t want to know. HAHAHAHA!

  • William Bradley&The Jolie

    Oh, I meant to mention that with this casting, it looks like things are beginning to ramp up with actual shooting starting sooner than I thought it would.

  • QQQQ

    5 reasons why ‘Gravity’ will win the Oscar for Best Picture
    By Matt Noble
    Oct 11 2013 15:11 pm

    You’d be forgiven for not having a good feeling about my prediction that “Gravity” will win the Oscar for Best Picture. No movie set in space has ever won; the film’s buzz may be peaking too early; it’s a 90-minute action movie where there are weightier (pardon the pun) contenders. However, here are the five reasons why “Gravity” is, at the moment, perfectly positioned to take the top Oscar. What could possibly go wrong?

    1. It’s set a bar out of this world

    Its score at Metacritic is 96. To put that in perspective, only four new releases have scored higher since 2003. Its box office started strong and is currently projected to make at least $200 million. Now, of course, films with high Metacritic scores usually lose, such as “The Social Network” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” which both posted 95. As do mega-grossing films such as “Avatar” ($750 million). However, the last time a contender had the highest Metacritic score and highest box office among nominated films was “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” which went on to tie the record for most victories (11). If “Gravity” can defend its 96 and remain on top of the box office, it’s going to be hard for rivals to overtake it.

    2. The academy has new depth perception

    After blockbusting front-runner “Avatar” was taken down by small “The Hurt Locker,” one could be forgiven for believing a conservative academy just wasn’t ready to embrace 3D cinema. However last year, Ang Lee was able to score a shocking upset over legend Stephen Speilberg with his 3D “Life of Pi.” This shows us that, for the right movie, the academy is willing to embrace a 3D film in a top category – even without pressure from pre-cursor awards. This paves the way for “Gravity” to go one small step further.

    3. This film is going to leave little empty space

    It’s going to pick up plenty of nominations. It already looks very hard to beat for the win in three categories and looks competitive in other tech races. Sandra Bullock will likely get a lead actress nod and the film looks positioned to take roughly 9 nominations.

    4. This film has stars

    Sandra Bullock and George Clooney’s name recognition, industry cred and performances also make this more than just a technical marvel and they will help to bolster its support among the acting branch. Then you have a widely respected and buzzed director in Alfonso Cauron. who has the ability to take out that bellwether category.

    5. It’s not your regular space junk

    What I find the most compelling reason: This movie seems special. You walk out of the cinema feeling like you have had an experience. It’s an action space movie, but it feels artistic and groundbreaking. There’s also a novelty to it, and I don’t mean that in a demeaning way. A couple of years ago people walked out of “The Artist” feeling like they had witnessed something you don’t really see these days at the movies, which led to a sentiment of ‘wouldn’t it be cool for a film like this to win Best Picture?’ I can’t help but feel voters may have the same response when walking out of “Gravity,” and wouldn’t that be one hell of a win!

  • Cassi

    @William Bradley&The Jolie:
    Jack O’connell said in an interview at TIFF that Unbroken will start on October 21.

  • Cassi

    I don’t think box office really affects winning awards, one great example is The Hurt Locker vs Avatar.

  • Ⱦamsin

    @Passing Stool:

    Oh LOLOLOLOLOLOL…. when you worship the Queen of botoxed forehead veins and cheekbone implants, you’re really in no position to speak of any entertainer that gets cosmetic procedures.

  • Jen the Hag

    The human excrement writing “it’s never ending fanfiction…. that is a study in how a hate turn a human being into a stalker/murderer just like those terrorist turn into into suicide bomber

  • Wonderbust

    thats just TamJoe stealing fans names again. He is terrified that Brad will win an Oscar in March. It is quite funny to watch. Nov 16th will be a fun day

  • Love Conquers All


    That is a prime true example of an important film vs a entertainment film. I feel mostly that TYAS is a important film and Gravity is a entertainment film film. I think the voters will pick the important, and I feel if they don’t they will political and public backlash. And how is the editor comparing Gravity to The Artist? totally different films because I seen both, so different from each other.

  • Brazil Loves Angelina

    TYS will be released in Brazil only in the beginning of next year … we are very eager to watch this masterpiece. :)

  • Brazil Loves Angelina

    It’s amazing how stupid people here.

    Brad and Angelina are loved worldwide. The EX wife of Brad Pitt is only known in my country to have married him. WTM was a MEGA FLOP in Brazil …. like any movie that whoooore do.

    To be a fan of this biiiiitch only being so futile and insignificant as she.

    Meanwhile, Brad and Angie are the King and Queen of Hollywood.

  • thoughts

    Ever crazy Simmy steal names. Tys will win no vis i havent seen neithee ri talk yet but thats what its gonna be. but brad makes me mad he only hurt himseld becuase it give him his usual idenity or place case and that always bad. And not only that not good for angie image make her no protection .–off course that has nothing got to do movie but just sayinf

  • JP Fan

    Angelina Jolie is a Dynamo! (Not In The Way You’re Thinking)

    Crikey. If ever there was a tea-spit-screen moment it was this morning when I saw the above photograph with the headline:

    ‘Angelina’s a human dynamo!’

    … which of course my brain turned into, ‘Angelina’s a dynamo in bed!’. Thank goodness I’ve been cutting back on smoking cigarettes or I’d have a nasty burn on my thigh now from spitting one out in shock.

    The real reason that the 37-year-old actress is with war veteran Louis Zamperini, 96, and cuddling up to him with her eyes bizarrely closed and her cheek implants on display, is because they’re working together on the film she’s currently “directing” – Unbroken.

    Let’s have a look at what that’s all about then:

    Unbroken is an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 best-selling book that spent 108 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and 14 of those weeks at No. 1.

    It tells the story of the life of Zamperini, an Olympic athlete and war veteran who survived a plane crash during the war and floated on a raft for 47 days before being picked up by the Japanese and sent to a prisoner of war camp.

    Louis is now one of Angie’s neighbours in the Hollywood Hills and he says of her:

    ‘Angelina is a human dynamo, and I know she will tell this story in the right way. I’ve received so many letters and talked to so many people who say that Laura’s book has helped them when they were going through hard times. ‘

    I actually might get the book and read it because it sounds as if Louis has lead a fascinating life and is indeed a truly inspiring person.

    Whether Angelina makes a cock up of directing the Coen brothers-penned script or does his story justice remains to be seen, although personally I’d have preferred to have seen an actual director have a go at it – rather than a High School dropout on an ego trip.

    Posted on October 11, 2013 by JP

  • Ⱦamsin

    Oh lol is my stalker JP Fan confused? She has so many aliases that she’s switched back to her original moniker to post a not-so flattering article about her supposed idol!

    Maybe she’s flaky and plays for both teams, and side with the winners? Ahahahaha.

  • were the morons

    Why is this flying cockroach trolling this thread in a Friday night?

  • Wonderbust

    @were the morons:
    no life whatsoever. if you are going to steal fans names at least use a different style and not make it so damn obvious. and boohooboo as a source?the same loser that said this March ticky would win an Oscar for Life of Crime and Brad and Angie would cry when her name was announced. Instead this March Angie will be holding up her Oscar and Brad may be getting his first.

  • were the morons

    @Wonderbust: exaxtly! Angelina will receive her 2nd Oscar, and Tamshite will still scream at the ocean. The POS troll needs to take its meds lol.

  • Chavez

    Mrs Jolie Pitt, she continues to do wonders in this world!
    She is an amazing individual, love that she looks for talents in others who are outside the normal circle! Good luck with this project. I also love that she is passionate about her work. Great woman!

  • Megan_B


    Ummm…plenty of musicians are actors and it just so happens Miyavi CAN act. In fact, East Asian performers (in particular Japanese and South Koreans) tend to be miles times better than performers in the west because of how much agencies tend to train them.

    And Miyavi CAN act. His movie “Ore-sama” was one I found absolutely spectacular.

  • Megan_B

    I know absolutely nothing about this movie but Miyavi is going to be it? LOVED “Oresama”. TOTALLY going to have to watch this JUST for him. He’s absolutely wonderful and so very talented.

  • Megan_B


    You should watch the movie “Oresama”. I believe you can find it on youtube with subtitles. Admittedly, Miyavi plays himself in it, but at the same time, he’s still acting–it’s a time travel movie (to the 80s, if I remember correctly, so it’s not like it actually happened) and it is so very good. I highly recommend it.

  • lucy

    @jmho: He is also a superstar in Japan. This should be very interesting, can’t wait.

  • yolly

    Hello lovely fans of Brad and Angie all over the world.