Emily Thorne's quest for revenge continues, although her mentor in getting to that point will soon act like a whole new man. Literally.
TV Guide has confirmed that the character of Satoshi Takeda, Emily's mysterious mentor on her vengeance seeking journey and powerful Japanese businessman, has been officially re-cast for the show's second season. The reason why is a simple scheduling conflict. Actor Hiroyuki Sanada (who played the character in season one) is currently working on several films, one of which is the high-profile sequel The Wolverine. The Hugh Jackman fronted super-hero movie is filming in Australia, and the logistics of transporting him between the two sets proved to be too difficult. Here, I'll let Revenge producer Melissa Loy explain it herself:
"Geographically, with our schedule being what it is, it was getting a little bit challenging. 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."
Taking over the role of Takeda, will be Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Tagawa has appeared in countless films and TV shows, including stints on Hawaii Five-0 and Heroes. Although he'll always be Shang Tsung from Mortal Kombat to me. Your soul is mine! Sorry, force of habit. Anyway, Tagawa is Emily's new mentor, despite their being a ten-year age gap between him and Sanada. For her part producer Loy sees no concern in the age increase, maintaining that the casting was simply about finding the best actor for the role, not finding someone who physically resembled Sanada.
Are you looking forward to getting more Revenge? Do you think Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa's casting will be a flawless victory for the show, or a fatality?