The cast of the HBO Max series Tokyo Vice is growing. 

TheHollywoodReporter has exclusively learned that Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi has taken a lead role in the 10-episode crime series based on the novel by Jake Adelstein. 

Adelstein wrote about Tadamasa Goto, a notorious yakuza boss, receiving a liver transplant in an L.A. hospital. He also claims some of the gangster’s underlings threatened to kill him if he published the story.

Rinko is likely best known to western audiences for roles in Babel, Rian Johnson’s Brothers Bloom, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, and season two of HBO’s Westworld. 

She joins a cast that already includes Ansel Elgort, Ken Watanabe, Odessa Young and Ella Rumpf. 

They also add that production began yesterday with director Michael Mann handling the show’s pilot episode, who had a hand in casting Rinko for the role. 

Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi is joining the cast of the Tokyo Vice series for WarnerMedia’s HBO Max streaming service, which began shooting in Tokyo on Thursday.

Shang-Chi & The Legend of The Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton was originally attached to helm the series before his commitment to the Marvel Studios project became a scheduling conflict. 

HBO Max launches this May. 

Other shows of note in the works for the streaming service include Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: The Sisterhood, Ridley Scott’s Raised By Wolves, Greg Berlanti’s Green Lantern, and Joe Cornish’s series adaptation of the cyberpunk novel Snow Crash. 

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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