The good folks at Legendary Pictures have released this photograph, announcing that Akira Takarada has indeed filmed a cameo for Legendary's "Godzilla." He is pictured here with director Gareth Edwards.
Super-fan Tim Bean has been leading the charge for a couple years to persuade the folks at Legendary to cast Takarada in the film. A few rumors were circulating that the distinguished actor had been spotted in Vancouver, but nothing had been substantiated...until now.
It is difficult to overstate how much goodwill this news will create among hardcore Godzilla fans. It sends the message that Legendary "gets it" and will not squander this opportunity to bring Godzilla to a worldwide audience.