Aaron Johnson Offered ‘Godzilla’ Human Lead Role

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It’s been a busy week for updates concerning Legendary’s 3D Godzilla cinematic reboot, what with a March production start date still in the books. We learned earlier this week that Walking Dead TV show creator Frank Darabont is handling the final round of script revisions; shortly thereafter, reports emerged revealing a few of the names on the male human lead shortlist.

Now, insiders are claiming that Aaron Johnson – whose name is new to the casting conversation – has been offered the under-wraps human lead role, as featured in the script co-penned by Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son) and story created by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel).

Deadline is reporting Johnson to be the front-runner for Godzilla‘s human costar, but says he isn’t expected to make a final decision on the offer until after reading the script draft with Darabont’s changes. There’s an ongoing pre-production scuffle involving Legendary and producers Roy Lee and Dan Lin, who brought the character rights to the studio; however, that concerns back-end payments and credit on the project and doesn’t look to stop director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) from beginning production on schedule (not yet, anyway).

Johnson’s been acting professionally for over a decade, but he popped up on most people’s radar by starring in Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass comic book adaptation. He’s since appeared in the period drama Albert Nobbs, Oliver Stone’s Savages and Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina - not to mention, has Kick-Ass 2 arriving this year - but has yet to earn a reputation as a remarkable character actor; nor is he any sort of established box office draw, right now.

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That’s to say: it’s hard to tell if Johnson is preferred by the studio or Edwards, given his background. Legendary surely has franchise plans in mind, so the studio might be eying Johnson with the expectation he’s interested in future installments; as opposed to, a “creative choice” (ie. Edwards’) like Monsters‘ Scoot McNairy (who seems less inclined to make blockbusters) or Cale Laundry Jones. Either way, Johnson isn’t a terrible substitute for either actor.

It might seem silly to scrutinize the human lead in a Godzilla movie as much as we are, but remember: Edwards’ “grounded, realistic approach” to the giant Japanese monster needs a compelling human presence, in order to lend emotional substance (and maybe even metaphorical weight) to the spectacle and onscreen destruction. We don’t need another Matthew Broderick situation, right? (Sorry, Ferris…)

Godzilla opens in 2D and 3D theaters on May 16th, 2014.


Source: Deadline

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  1. Maybe Edwards will compromise to have Johnson instead if necessary because of the fact he isn’t a star or about to become one in any upcoming movies?

    It could be like casting Mark Hamill in Star Wars, a jobbing actor who hasn’t been in many well known or hugely popular/successful movies given a role in what could turn out to be a niche project and who is solely known for that one role.

    In this case, Johnson could become the face of Godzilla much like Hamill is the face of Star Wars, LeBeouf is the face of Transformers etc.

    • He is about to be in Kick Ass 2…

      • True but alot of moviegoers don’t know who this guy is or just know his face from kick ass

      • Like the other person said, not many know who he is or recognise him by face or name.

        Adding to that, I can’t think of anybody outside of movie forums and websites who remember Kick-Ass as a movie and never knew it was a comic book prior to that so again, to the mass public, he’s still an unknown actor who hasn’t been in anything high profile.

        It’d be similar to saying “well, Daniel Craig was in Tomb Raider and Layer Cake so he’s not unknown” when discussing him being considered for the role of James Bond. Until Casino Royale, he was still a jobbing actor without anything major to be recognised for.

        No one knew who Tom Hardy was for a decade until he starred as Charles Bronson and then found his biggest audience as Bane.

        Christian Bale was still considered a nobody by the time he first put on the cape and cowl.

        Just because you personally know that he has Kick-Ass 2 coming up, doesn’t mean the rest of the world does too.

        • Totally forgot, you implied that Kick-Ass 2 would be a huge film for him. Yeah, you’re still totally wrong.

  2. He is so yummy…

  3. I read Aaron Paul and got super excited then realised it was Johnson and was less so, then I flatlined__________

  4. I just want to see Godzilla on the big screen effing stuff up!!!

  5. “Aaron Johnson Offered ‘Godzilla’ HUMAN Lead Role”…this is pretty funny. Last time I checked, there’s was only one Gigantic Lizard in town.

  6. Is serkis playing godzilla? Hehe

  7. man, aaron johnson looks like a bada$$.