In what is sure to be the coolest news on the project so far – Gareth Edwards revealed today via the film’s official Facebook page that the Kaiju Eiga legend himself, Akira Takarada, has filmed his cameo for Legendary’s GODZILLA! Kaiju expert and fandom-revered helmer of awesomeness August Ragone had the following to say on the matter:

THE LEADING MAN OF THE ORIGINAL “GODZILLA” APPEARS IN LEGENDARY PICTURES’ REBOOT FOR 2014: Akira Takarada, who starred as “Hideto Ogata” in Ishiro Honda’s 1954 classic, joins a beaming Gareth Edwards, director of the all-new American production. Mr, Takarada shot his cameo for the film on the first day of principal photography. Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA opens nationwide on May 16, 2014!

Words cannot express how much this just amped my excitement! This is really happening, people! Oh, and there’s this:

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Pardon my french, but shit just got real, y’all. And on behalf of the Fandom and Skreeonk.com – I sincerely want to thank Gareth Edwards and Legendary Pictures for making this possible. So, thank you. From all of us!

Jon @ UnCanny

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