Batman Vs. Superman Casts Holly Hunter, Tao Okamoto In Key Supporting Roles

0dfb3ee1ef1f6c7b748eb62ab1442fcdEveryone knows Henry Cavill will be back in the tights for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel. The same people know that Ben Affleck has been cast as The G.D. Batman. But two men (and a Gal Gadot) do not a movie make. They need support, and Snyder’s starting to fill secondary roles.

The most recent hires for the blockbuster tentpole – which begins filming in Michigan shortly – are Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto, according to a studio release (via ComingSoon). And here’s a VERY interesting angle. They all will be playing “characters newly created for the film.” Sorry, Lana Lang. You ain’t making it into this sequel! (Not yet, anyway.)

Hunter, of course, is an Oscar winning actress best known for her roles in The Piano, Broadcast News and, more recently, Top of the Lake.

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Free Japanese lesson with The Wolverine’s Tao Okamoto

szbvszb dszb df‘i-D’ magazine has been running an amusing online video series called ‘Model Mother Tongue’ in which famous models from around the world ‘teach’ essential phrases from their home language. So far the series has featured the likes of Camille Rowe (‘How to speak French’), Ola Rudnicka (‘How to speak Polish’) and Catherine McNeil (‘How to speak Australian’). Now, Japan gets its spot on the list with Tao Okamoto teaching us how to speak Japanese.

Okamoto found international fame as an actress last year when she starred as the female lead in ‘The Wolverine’ opposite Hugh Jackman (above), but she has been making global waves for years already as a top model. She started modelling as a teenager in Japan and moved abroad in 2006, appearing on the catwalks for top brands and in editorials for magazines like ‘Vogue’ and ‘Harper’s Bazaar’. In April this year, she was cast in the film ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, due for release in 2016. (Sidebar: the film stars Ben Affleck as Batman – not sure how we feel about that?)

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‘Batman v Superman’ Rumors: Lex’s New Look and Tao Okamoto’s Role

6iEMQ4UkIaARumors have surrounded Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice from the get-go, and today we have three more to share. One has to do with Jesse Eisenberg‘s Lex Luthor, who will apparently not be sporting the traditional chrome dome. The others have to do with actresses Tao Okamoto and Holly Hunter, and whom they might be playing in the film. Hit the jump for all the latest dirt.

Let’s start with Lex Luthor’s appearance. A Batman News source spotted Eisenberg shooting scenes on the LexCorp set in recent days, and reports that his Lex Luthor is not bald. Nor does he have Eisenberg’s recognizable mop of curly brown hair. Instead, his hairstyle is described as “a bit longer, kind of loose and wavy, and it’s dirty blonde.”

Additionally, the source says Eisenberg’s Luthor “has spastic mannerisms, like a 20-something guy that pounds energy drinks all day.” (Sounds like Peter was spot-on when he pointed out that “Lex Luthor today would be more Mark Zuckerberg, less Bill Gates.”) However, the scenes being shot apparently take place near the beginning of the film, so it’s still possible Lex winds up bald by the end.

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Tao Okamoto, Japanese ‘Wolverine’ Actress, Goes Global As 900,000 Google Her Background, Parents, Husband

fbzvreswcfsTHE STORY OF HOW Tao Okamoto found FASHION modelling is a classic. “When I was in junior high I was walking down the street and this guy just came to me,” she recounted to “Then I thought like, oh, maybe I can do something to use my height and looks.”

Born on May 22, 1985 in Chiba, Japan, Tao Okamoto, plucked off the street like countless other beauties before her, sought the approval of her parents — both ex-actors — before she took the plunge. They advised her to get herself a good agent, and so she sent some pictures of herself to a local model agency. After being taken on, at just 14-years-old, Tao, as she is now better known, worked in Japan for five years before moving to France in 2006, where she made her debut on the Paris runways for Ungaro and Martin Grant.

But it was when she moved to New York in 2007 that Tao rapidly became a designer’s favourite, initially doing runway for Marc Jacobs, plus a Moschino ad campaign shot by Peter Lindbergh. The distinctive feature that catalysed her success at that time was her hair — a beautiful Vidal Sassoon-style black bowl-cut bob, last seen on Sixties supermodel Peggy Moffitt. It led to her being cast in dozens of shows, most notably that of Chinese-American designer Phillip Lim, who liked her cut so much that he decided that all the girls in his fall 2009 show should sport the same hairdo. “It was amazing,” Tao remembered. “I thought he was joking when he first told me.”

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Life + Times Tao Okamoto Speaks On Starring in “The Wolverine,” Modeling in Japan, and Becoming Mariko

3831e9862d1432245819ba6677253b8dModel turned actress Tao Okamoto never thought she’d be seen on the big screen, but today, she makes her debut as Hugh Jackman’s love interest in The Wolverine, playing Mariko. Here, she speaks to Life+Times about her unlikely climb to the top.

Life+Times: Today marks your film debut, staring alongside Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine. How did this come about? What was your audition process like?
Tao Okamoto:
My Japanese agent called me and told me about this audition but I hadn’t planned to act before, so I said, “I’m not interested,” and she said “Are you crazy? You’re going to play the love interest of Hugh Jackman in the movie!” So, I changed my mind, because I was huge fan of Hugh, and had my first video audition in New York. A week later, I met [The Wolverine producer] James Mangold in LA, and he made me realize that this was what I had been looking for! I fell in love with his way of directing me. At the last audition, I was a reading with Hugh back in New York and he wanted to try an improvisation and we ended up kissing each other, which wasn’t scripted. About two weeks later, I was in Sydney already preparing for the shoot.

L+T: You’ve been modeling for the past few years – including shoes for Chanel, Ralph Lauren and more. Why did you initially enter the world of modeling?
I’ve been modeling for 14 years. I didn’t always have a successful career but since I moved to New York, things have changed and I was able to make my dreams come true. I was always the tallest girl in school and had a hard time with understanding why I was born in this figure, so different from other kids. Classmates made fun of me and made me feel like I was an ugly creature. Then one day when I was 14, someone on the street asked me to model and I thought maybe I could be confident if I became a model.

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