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‘Revenge’ Recasts Satoshi Takeda, Hiroyuki Sanada Replaced by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 08/17/2012

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa cast in season 2 of RevengeRevenge: Recasts the Role of Satoshi Takeda for season 2



According to TVGuide’s William Keck, the role of Satoshi Takeda, which was originated by Hiroyuki Sanada, is being recast with Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa taking over the role for season 2 of Revenge due to Satoshi Takeda being unavailable to play the role. Here’s excerpt from the article, which gives some more details regarding the decision to have Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa take over the role:


Due to the unavailability of the character’s original portrayer, Hiroyuki Sanada, the part will now be played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. According to producer Melissa Loy, Sanada’s jam-packed film schedule (including a role in the Hugh Jackman-led movie Wolverine) necessitated the change. “Geographically, with our schedule being what it is, it was getting a little bit challenging,” Loy explains. “We would have had to fly him in and out of Australia [where Wolverine was filming], but [still] wouldn’t have had him on the days we necessarily needed him. We tried to figure out a bunch of different scenarios, but ultimately it was too difficult.”

Tagawa, who has appeared on Heroes and Hawaii Five-0, will debut in the Sept. 30 season premiere and is “fantastic,” says Loy, who adds that the 10-year age difference between Takeda #1 (age 51) and Takeda #2 (age 61) was of no concern. “We didn’t want to try to trick our audience,” she says. “We wanted to bring somebody in who brought something fresh, different and new to the character.” Something the men have in common: both were born in Tokyo and boast an impressive list of Japanese film credits.



My thoughts: Revenge ended up being my favorite new TV show last season and there are very few things that I didn’t really like about the show. One of the only things that I didn’t really like all that much about the show was Takeda. I don’t know if it was because of Hiroyuki Sanada and the way he played the part, or if I simply don’t like the character. It will be interesting to see if my opinion of the character changes now that Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa will be playing the role. Right now all I know is that the character just didn’t click with me for some reason that I still haven’t figured out.



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