The cast of Godzilla: King of Monsters continues to grow, as the upcoming blockbuster brings back a returning character and adds a genre stalwart. Outside of superheroes and Star Wars, no studio has yet managed to build the coveted shared universe that has come to redefine blockbuster filmmaking. While Universal we’ll be taking their umpteenth swing at it with this year’s The Mummy, Legendary Pictures may have beaten them to the punch with their own monster-centric world.
2014’s Godzilla took the titular monster and surrounded it with prestige actors, crafting a captivating and sucessful film. Little did audiences know, however, but it was only the beginning of a brave new world. And while Legendary monster films The Wall and Pacific Rim are off on their own, this year’s Kong: Skull Island officially kicked of the MonsterVerse with its post-credits scene. While the two titans are headed for battle in 2020’s Kong vs. Godzilla, the King of Monsters will be getting a follow-up in 2019. The Godzilla sequel sadly won’t see the return of leads Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, or Brian Cranston, but Ken Watanabe will be back. And now, it looks like he won’t be alone.
Deadline is reporting that Sally Hawkins has been confirmed to return for Godzilla: King of Monsters, reprising her role as Dr. Vivienne Graham. Joining her will be a new face, but one familiar to genre fans. Along with Hawkins, Charles Dance will be coming aboard the new movie. Dance has a long list of fantastical credits, from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to Underworld: Blood Wars. He’s perhaps best known, however, for playing Tywin Lannister on Game of Thrones.
Though Hawkins and Watanabe are so far the only actors returning from the first film, the cast of Godzilla 2 will be just as stellar as the first film. Leading the movie will be Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown, with Vera Farmiga and Kyle Chandler playing her parents. They’ll be joined by Aisha Hinds (Underground) and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), two young up-and-comers like Brown.
Despite not premiering until early 2019, King of Monsters is said to begin production next month. With almost two years before its release, that could indicate the film will be a massive production with lots of effects. We know part of that will of course be Godzilla, but it’s safe to assume the king will be joined by other monsters in his new film.
Both MonsterVerse films so far have surrounded the lead beasts with other fantastical creatures, so it’s not hard to imagine the new movie doing the same thing. Luckily, Godzilla: King of Monsters will have plenty of talented actors for the kaijus to try and kill.