Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen Circling ‘Godzilla’

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Legendary Pictures and director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) aren’t going to finalize any casting decisions on the Godzilla reboot until Frank Darabont (creator of The Walking Dead TV show) finishes revising the script. In the meantime, a handful of actors are either circling or in consideration for the project, ahead of the tentatively scheduled production start in March.

Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass 2) remains the top choice to play the human lead, but his involvement is not yet a given. Meanwhile, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen have begun early talks to join the cast, with their characters under wraps (though, we’re guessing Olsen’s lined up for the female lead, while Cranston may be either Johnson’s dad, father figure or an important government official).

Edwards won over the Hall H crowd at last year’s Comic-Con with his passionate discussion about taking on the Godzilla property, following a conceptual teaser that suggested he’s sincere about creating a film that treats the Japanese cinema icon as seriously as a real-life apocalyptic event (much like the original 1954 movie did). Similarly, Darabont has voiced a desire to return the creature to his roots as a “terrifying force of nature,” working as both a powerful metaphor about real-world concerns – insert your potential world-ending worry of choice here – and the foundation for a stirring human drama.

Hence, it’s less surprising that acclaimed talents like Cranston and Olsen are eying roles in the picture, given the credible personnel collaborating behind the scenes (including, Oscar-nomianted cinematographer Seamus McGarvey (The Avengers, Anna Karenina); not to mention, the chance to work on an expensive blockbuster that could be both profitable and good. Again, Variety is stressing that “no deals will be done until the finished script materializes,” but early signs are encouraging that this acting lineup will come together.

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Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen are circling ‘Godzilla’

Cranston was hard-working throughout last year, appearing in five different movies and finishing up his lauded role as Walter White for this summer’s final half-season of Breaking Bad. He’s now moving ahead with plans to develop TV series for Sony and has voiced a desire to direct a full-length feature, after helming episodes on his shows Malcolm in the Middle and Breaking Bad (in addition to series like The Office and Modern Family). Having Cranston onscreen in never a bad thing in our book, so he’d be a welcome addition to the Godzilla cast.

Similarly, Olsen continues to impress in smaller-budgeted and indie fare both good (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and not-so well-received (Silent House, Liberal Arts), so her possible involvement also sounds promising. The up-and-comer actress – and object of affection for certain members of the SR Underground Podcast crew – will also appear in two intriguing titles arriving this year: the buzzed-about Sundance drama Kill Your Darlings and Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake.

Godzilla opens in theaters on May 16th, 2014.


Source: Variety

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  1. That’s gotta be one big circle to reach all the way around Godzilla! They must be exhausted.


  2. those would be nice additions. but i would like to here about some big names in major or supporting roles. maybe have liam neeson be some military leader. he has already taken on wolves and aliens, so the logical next step has to be Godzilla, right?

    • Wolves lol?

      • The grey

    • Neeson as a military leader? I guess I could see that but he already played an Admiral in ‘Battleship’ so, at least for me, it’ll almost feel like hes playing the same role again..

  3. I wonder how Japan feels about the U.S. f**king up Godzilla back in ’97

    • Look up ”Godzilla vs Zilla” from 2004 Godzilla Final War’s… That pretty much sums it up.

      The REAL Godzilla kills the 98 Iguana in 13 seconds flat. So they hated it as much as we G-fans did.

      Hopefully the 2014 is really good.

      • that fight in final wars was funny/awesome

  4. I thought Legendary wanted Superman actor Henry Cavill in the lead or was that a rumor?

    • Cavill was a rumor along with a few other actors. I was hoping he’d get the lead though.

  5. I’m very optimistic about this, but I hope that they don’t make Godzilla a metaphor for something painfully obvious… We don’t need another ‘Day After Tomorrow,’ ya know?

    Make him a “terrifying force of nature” and leave it at that!

  6. I heard Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Crantson then got excited, but heard Godzilla and was disappointed.

  7. This is nothin compared to my Godzigla 2025 which has 7 kaiJews fightin 12 super heroes which I made up specially for this fight! Yuse wonts believes it when U see hows they chops up the super heroes and eats-em like orderves while they drink all the wine in Tuscan-eeze. Of course Krillin will be in it and get owned several times and then Vegeta will turn into the great Ozeroo for a top Kaijew battle in which the worlds top ziontists exploit to fire the great super missile, bigger than the empire state building that explodes with such great force Michiel Bay himself immediatly yells game over and retires. Then in part 2—-

    the Transformers come out of retirement and take on Godziigla himself who survives the great missile but whose head is burned half up and glowing radioactively. Optimus Primal goes to the head of the class of Dinobots to fight him directly but is smoked when Godzigla exploits Shia Leboof’s character?? throwing him at poor Optimus just before he hits him with his new radioactive breath, which is different and more powerful from his old radioactive breath because its powered by alcahol 12 and radiation—-

    Well that’s as far as I’ve gots I need help to finish it so if your willing just writhe at Godzigla 2025.

    • Hahaha Sounds like an incredible mess but I’ll watch! :-D

  8. Can someone please tell me what movie the article picture is from?

    • that would be godzilla vs destroyah (1994) Godzilla was basically becoming a nuclear reactor and was getting ready to explode. It was the final film of the Heisei series.

      • Oh my..

        So Thats where that pic comes from. Thanks to you, I now regret even More not buying that movie when I had the chance. From what I’ve read/seen so far it looks like something a fan would want to see, Which I do. Time to track this down, Thanks for help..

        BTW, Any other movies you could suggest?

        • With Godzilla? All of them!!! Where to start, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, Godzilla 2000, Godzilla vs. King Ghidora, Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, GMK: Godzilla Mothra and King Ghidorah-Giant Monsters All Out Attack, Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla, and the original Godzilla (1954) are all personal favorites of mine. If you havent seen some of them I highly recommend seeing them. There are currently 28 (29 if you count GINO) Godzilla films and most of them are pretty good.

          • I’ve seen good few of them on VHS but that was a long time ago when I was younger and most of the ones you’ve mentioned are the ones I’ve missed as I grew up. Sounds like I’m about to go on a shooping spree…

  9. Bryan Cranston seems to be circling every project these days. :D

  10. Most important question – Godzilla, SUIT or CG ???
    Being an old git who prefers the look of models to CG i’ve gotta go for SUIT all day long

  11. Gareth Edwards’s Monsters was perhaps the worst movie I’ve seen in at least 20 yrs. It was pointless, boring and had really bad special effects. Besides, if I remember correctly, all you saw were tentacles, never a real monster. This is the guy who’s going to do Godzilla?

    • 20 years? Then you probably haven’t rented enough random movies from Red Box haha. It really wasn’t that bad or bad at all. It just dragged on for to long…

  12. Just hearing that Cranston is being considered, makes me believe that it may end up being a Godzilla vs Mecha Godzilla movie.