Legendary Pictures is almost ready to begin production on Godzilla, and we have a casting update to let readers know who is likely to appear in the film. According to Variety, Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) is the latest person in negotiations to join the cast in an unspecified role.
Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass), Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) are all in talks to star in the upcoming Godzilla reboot as well. Previously, it was mentioned that all of these actors officially signing on is dependent on approval of the updated script being written by Frank Darabont.
Gareth Edwards (Monsters) will be directing with production originally scheduled to begin in March. The script rewrite or casting deals may push filming back a bit, but we’ll be sure to report back as soon as anything becomes official. If you’d like to get an idea of what to expect from Frank Darabont, here’s what he recently told io9 about the approach he was taking:
“What I found very interesting about Godzilla is that he started off definitely as a metaphor for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And some of the atom bomb testing we were doing in the South Pacific in the subsequent years. The giant terrifying force of nature that comes and stomps the shit out of your city, that was Godzilla. Filtered through the very fanciful imaginations of the Japanese perception. And then he became Clifford the Big Red Dog in the subsequent films. He became the mascot of Japan, he became the protector of Japan. Another big ugly monster would show up and he would fight that monster to protect Japan. Which I never really quite understood, the shift.
What we’re trying to do with the new movie is not have it camp, not have it be campy. We’re kind of taking a cool new look at it. But with a lot of tradition in the first film. We want this to be a terrifying force of nature. And what was really cool, for me, is there was a very compelling human drama that I got to weave into it. It’s not that cliched, thinly disguised romance or bromance, or whatever. It’s different, it’s a different set of circumstances than you’re used to seeing. And that’s tremendously exciting as a writer when you’re asked to do something else.”