News out today from the TV Guide is that the producers of ABC’s hit primetime soap, Revenge needed to make an acting change for the key role of Emily’s mysterious revenge master, Satoshi Takeda!
Due to Hiroyuki Sanada’s unavailability in his schedule, the show has brought in actor Cary-Hiroyuko Tagawa to take over the role There was even a bit of SORASing with the character! Sanada was 51 while Tagawa is 61!
According to Revenge 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 was of no concern. “We didn’t want to try to trick our audience. We wanted to bring somebody in who brought something fresh, different and new to the character.” Loy says Takeda will stick around as long as “Emily has revenge-school stories.” And there are many new tales to be told this season — particularly in flashbacks showing Takeda working with both Emily and another vengeance-seeking pupil named Aiden.
So what do you think of the change? Are you looking forward to seeing some Emily Revenge Tactics in season two? Let us know!