Ken Watanabe will have the role Clint Eastwood had in the Japanese remake of Unforgiven from Warner Entertainment Japan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the idea for the project was brought to Warner May 2011 by helmer Lee San-Il, and will be a samurai version of the story which is set on the northernmost island of Japan. Watanabe was of course in The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise, so this is nothing new in terms of that for the actor who impressed in Christopher Nolan's Inception.
Also in the cast of the Unforgiven reboot are Koicho Sato of The Magic Hour in the role played by Gene Hackman in the original film, while Akira Emoto (Villain) is set to take the part played by Morgan Freeman.
The original Unforgiven of 1992 was a western and told of retired gunslinger and hard man William Munny (Eastwood) who takes one last job to kill a man who brutally scared a prostitute. Freeman plays his old friend and accomplice Ned Logan while Hackman's part is that of Little Bill Daggett, a sheriff who has to deal with these assassins coming into his town (including Richard Harris as English Bob).