Ken Watanabe (“Godzilla,” “Inception”) is set to join “Baby Driver” star Ansel Elgort in the HBO Max police drama “Tokyo Vice” which is based on the 2009 non-fiction memoir by Jake Adelstein.
Tony-winning playwright J.T. Roger will adapt the scripts which follow Adelstein’s first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat. Elgort, John Lesher and Emily Gerson Saines will executive produce.
Elgort plays an American journalist who embeds himself into the Tokyo Vice police squad to reveal corruption, chronicling his daily descent into the neon-soaked underbelly of Tokyo, where nothing is what it seems.
Watanabe has signed on to play Hiroto Katagiri, an organized crime detective and mentor to the journalist – helping guide him along the thin line between the cops and the world of organized crime.
Destin Daniel Cretton, who is also helming the upcoming Marvel Studios film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” will direct the project.