Christian Oda Cast in Spielberg Blockbuster

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5-year-old Cast as Son in Anticipated Film Adaptation of Best-Selling Novel Â?Memoirs of a GeishaÂ? directed by Rob Marshall

Newcomer Christian Oda has been signed and will be joined by a spectacular ensemble of international actors led by Ken Watanabe ("The Last Samurai"), Zhang Ziyi ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), Gong Li ("Raise The Red Lantern"), Michelle Yeoh ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), Youki Kudoh ("Snow Falling on Cedars") and Koji Yakusho ("Shall We Dance?") to star in Columbia Pictures / DreamWorks Films / Spyglass Entertainment's feature film adaptation of "Memoirs of A Geisha" for Academy Award(R)-nominated director Rob Marshall,

Christian Oda, a mere 5 years old has been cast in his first movie playing the son of Japanese actor Ken Watanabe (the Chairman), an Academy Award® nominee for his portrayal of the warrior 'Katsumoto' in "The Last Samurai" and a star of the upcoming "Batman Begins," plays the powerful man who claims Sayuri's heart. The highly-anticipated 'Memoirs of a Geisha' has been named the 2005 most anticipated film by the American Premiere Magazine.

Steven Spielberg handpicked the young Oda himself from a line-up of photos. Christian has prior experience commercial modeling for Baby Gap, Macy’s and other major corporations since the age of 7 months.

When asked how he felt about participating in a Spielberg/Marshall Film he appeared as if he didn’t really care and went back to playing.

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