For a few months now, the untitled Monsterverse tv show (under the working title "HourGlass") that is coming to Apple TV+ has been in production and much like the fifth Monsterverse movie, details on the progress of production has been kind of quiet that was until yesterday we got news of a new actress joining the show as well as some behind the scenes pictures of a set taking place in Shinjuku, Japan.
Yesterday evening, Deadline broke the news of a new cast member, Mari Yamamoto, joining the untitled Monsterverse tv show coming to Apple TV+. Even though her role is, for now, unknown, she is mainly known for another Apple TV+ series called Pachinko.
Yamamoto (picture on the left) is set, so far at the time of writing, to appear in three episodes whereas everyone else is listed to appear in one episode according to IMDB. She will star alongside Kurt Russell, Wyatt Russell, Anna Sawai, Kiersey Clemons, Joe Tippett, Elisa Lasowski, and Ren Watabe.
I have never seen Pachinko nor any of her other shows she has been in, so I can't really say if she is a good actress or not. I may check out an episode or two that has her in the scene just to get a sense of what her acting style is like. If you have seen Pachinko, let me know how it is and if you think Yamamoto is a good choice or not.
There is an unconfirmed report from Königreich der Monster of another Japanese actress that will be joining "HourGlass," as well. Her name is Emi Kamito (picture on the right) and she has done a lot of short films in her early career. Now, she has moved up just recently to star in a TV mini-series coming out next year called Shogun and she is casted along side with Anna Sawai in this mini-series. So if the report is true, the Monsterverse show will be the second show Kamito and Sawai would be working on together.
Yesterday morning, however, we did get an interesting look at a set in Shinjuku, Japan. Signs of a Godzilla Evacuation Area was spotted and photographed by Twitter user @pot_au_feu_joie, which is a Twitter promotional page for a restaurant called Joie. The Twitter post reads according to the Google translation, "There seems to be a shooting in the daytime today, and it seems that the front of the store may not be passable…" It does go on to say that they would be open for lunch, but the customers will be annoyed trying to reach them. In other words, the owner was not too thrilled to see filming take place in front of the restaurant.
One of the most interesting things I liked about Godzilla: King of the Monsters was how the world discovering monsters are real affected the public eye. There were mass protests demanding for all of the monsters to be killed, Dr. Serizawa and his affiliates on trial for keeping these monsters a secret, and we learn the radiation that is expelled from the monsters causes an affect with the environment in different ways such as regrowth of plants and reappearance of extinct animals. Seeing an evacuation shelter built specifically in case of a monster attack is actually a really neat detail. It gives insight into how much this world is about to change rapidly after the monsters were revealed to this world.
As you can see, there are more pictures showing the set where the filming for the Monsterverse AppleTV+ series is taking place. What is really interesting in these photos is that there are Japanese film crew members on set. Knowing what we already learned, Hiro Matsuoka from Toho Co. is an executive producer of the show. So bringing him in may have resulted with some of Toho's own film crew coming on the set to work side-by-side with Legendary Entertainment on "HourGlass." This is actually a good way for Toho Co. to learn new filming techniques for their future live action projects. Maybe what they learn from here could be used to film that new kaiju movie that was first announced back in February.
Credit for finding these photos goes to Königreich der Monster (Kingdom of Monsters) on Twitter and Facebook. KDM has been posting production updates ever since before the show was first announced sharing details on characters and the story. Even after the show's announcement, he would post some behind the scenes shots giving details on what is happening on set and where the set is taking place. He does the same thing for the fifth Monsterverse movie. Before any official source could break the news, KDM would be the first to share accurate details on what is going on with the film.
Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Fransisco and the shocking new reality that monsters are real, the untitled series will explore one family's journey to uncover its buried secrets and a legacy linking them to the secret organization known as Monarch.
What are your thoughts on Mari Yamamoto joining the Monsterverse tv series and the new behind the scenes photo of the "Godzilla evacuation area?" Have you watched Pachinko? If so, is Yamamoto's acting decent in the show? Leave a comment in the comments section of what your thoughts are on Mari Yamamoto and/or the photo. Make sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Minds, MeWe, Gab, and TRUTH Social to stay up to date for more news, reviews, and discussions.