David Strathairn is Joining the ‘Godzilla’ Reboot Cast

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Director Gareth Edwards intends to return the Godzilla franchise to its serious and allegorical roots with his developing reboot, which Elizabeth Olsen confirmed when she revealed the project is anything but a light-hearted giant monster romp. Of course, select members of our staff have been well aware of that – following the screening of an apocalyptic conceptual teaser at the 2012 Comic-Con.

Olsen is among the heralded screen actors and actress currently in negotiations to play humans in Godzilla. The cast will be drawing from a story created by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy), as scripted by Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son) and, most recently, refined by Oscar-nominee Frank Darabont (creator of The Walking Dead TV show).

Variety has learned that Oscar-nominee David Strathairn is the latest prestigious name to begin circling the Godzilla reboot, with his under-wraps role possibly being that of “a military figure.” The seasoned actor has been appearing in movies since 1979, while his recent noteworthy roles include Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck., Noah Vosen in The Bourne Ultimatum and Legacy, William Seward in Lincoln, and Dr. Lee Rosen on the TV series Alphas.

Olsen (star of Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House) might be playing the female human lead in Godzilla, possibly appearing opposite Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass, Savages) as the male human lead. Strathairn, if he signs on, will round out a cast that’s shaping up to include Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche (Cosmopolis) in pivotal supporting roles.

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Legendary has learned its lesson well, following the critical and financial success of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Hence, it’s reusing the formula that proved so beneficial to that series – by recruiting ambitious directing talent with something to prove (see: Edwards following his indie breakout on Monsters), in addition to solid writing talent and top-notch actors. This helps in elevating might have otherwise been yet another instantly disposable popcorn blockbuster into something more meaningful (and with greater box office rewards to boot).

This Summer’s Man of Steel and Pacific Rim are using similar blueprints, which is why Legendary and Warner Bros. is banking so heavily on those flicks proving worth their while (especially in the case of director Zack Snyder’s Superman movie reboot). However, if those investments pay off, it will give all the more reason to expect great things from Edwards’ Godzilla on all fronts.


Godzilla opens in theaters on May 16th, 2014.


Source: Variety

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  1. No one can argue Godzilla doesn’t have a solid cast, which will make the story an characters very interesting to watch.

    An how they handle Godzilla an his 2 monster opponent’s arrival in either American an Japan or possibly both.

    This guy will make a great Military character.

    • People are still assuming Godzilla will fight other monsters in this?

      We have no official confirmation on that so until we do, I’m gonna continue thinking he’s the only monster tearing up cities (that makes more sense anyway, introduce Godzilla then introduce other monsters later)

      • On January 9, it was reported that Warner Brothers, in a meeting for advertisers, revealed that the film would contain two other monsters besides Godzilla, and the plot of the film would revolve around the story of an individual soldier

        ^^ You were saying. An One of the producer’s Brian Rogers also confirmed this a while ago. Godzilla will def not be alone.

        • But no official source and Screen Rant haven’t mentioned that so again, it’s all unconfirmed and unofficial until confirmed to be true.

          Some of us don’t believe the first thing that comes along that agrees with our hopes and wishful thinking.

          • Screenrant has brought that up…multiple times.

      • Of course Godzilla is going to fight other monsters. Just not the way people think, or you are interpreting.

  2. That actor has been to my house :)
    He and Sigourney Weaver filmed scenes at my house in Toronto for a week many, many years ago.

  3. Good actor i’ll see it

  4. I’ll give this a watch, probably on Netflix when available.

  5. If they go in a way that makes Godzilla look like a victim i have a feeling this guy well be the antagonist

  6. He will also probably be wearing that same shirt and tie set in a room very similar to that one in the pic above.

  7. Unfortunately, I believe that Godzilla’s time has come and gone. There is only so much that can be done with a Godzilla movie plotline and then Godzilla movies become stale. And Toho already reached that point–that’s why they are giving Godzilla a break.

    So, unfortunately, this Godzilla reboot is doomed to be bland. I wish it weren’t so, but Godzilla has nowhere to go.

  8. Of course Godzilla is going to have to fight another monster, and the armies of the world.

    People need to understand, Godzilla will fight, he will just fight because he has a perceived threat, like all Lizards, they will attack when threaten, the higher up the food chain of lizards go, Godzilla is top of the ANIMAL FOOD CHAIN.

    Any other monster would be a threat to his existence, thus he has to fight.

  9. Wait What? How?

    • Nature of the beast.

      If there is another creature of Godzilla size, it is a threat. Period. Godzilla will have to fight, what animals do.

  10. GODZILLA will not go into outer space.
    GODZILLA will not fight King Kong.
    GODZILLA will not be invincible.
    GODZILLA will not be the metamorphosis of a human being.

    A safe bet that none of these conceits or quite a few others will find their way into the screenplay.

    But as a “monster”… whether or not GODZILLA is contemporary or a throwback… the story actually could be (…or is it could have been?) one quite natural and surprisingly logical:

    Take, for example, GORGO. A 1961 British production (at a brisk 72 min.) tells the story of an underwater monster captured off the coast of Ireland, taken to London and featured as a circus attraction; the film borrowing elements from both Godzilla and King Kong offers a surprise DENOUEMENT: this monster, although tall and huge, is only “a baby”; Gorgo’s mother, “Ogra” (TEN TIMES BIGGER THAN HER CHILD) comes ashore, goes on a rampage looking for her son, and despite being bombarded by tanks and other military weapons (having no effect) she successfully demolishes much of London. Ogra rescues baby Gorgo; then both mother and son return to the sea.

    Might we expect this sort of dramatic logic in the GODZILLA scenario?