Godzilla: King of the Monsters adds Bradley Whitford to its ever-expanding cast. One of the oldest – and most often used – cinematic monsters in existence, Godzilla likely needs no introduction to most movie lovers, regardless of what continent they reside on. Debuting on film in 1954, the big G has been stomping down buildings and kicking the butts of other giant beasts for over half a century, and shows no signs of ceasing either activity anytime soon.
Of course, any Godzilla fan knows that he hasn’t always had the best luck with being adapted for American audiences. The most infamous example of this being the Matthew Broderick-fronted Godzilla – directed by Roland Emmerich and released in 1998 – which changed the look and powers of the titular creature drastically, and relied on CGI effects that haven’t exactly aged well. Thankfully, 2014’s Gareth Edwards-directed attempt at an American Godzilla movie worked much better by most accounts, earning critical acclaim, and hauling in over $500 million worldwide on a budget of $160 million.
With that kind of return on investment, it was never really in question that Godzilla (2014) would get a sequel, although it has since been revealed that this film will be part of a burgeoning crossover universe featuring both Godzilla and King Kong. Entitled Godzilla: King of the Monsters, this next stateside Godzilla outing will be written and directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus). Multiple actors have already joined the ever-expanding cast, and Variety reports that consummate character actor Bradley Whitford has just been added to the mix.
A Hollywood mainstay since the ’80s, Whitford has over 100 film and TV roles to his credit, including a seven-year run as a regular on The West Wing. More recently, Whitford starred on the short-lived but well-reviewed ABC sitcom Trophy Wife, and also recurs on Amazon’s award-magnet drama Transparent. Whitford’s biggest part of 2017 so far has been that of villainous scientist Dean Armitage in Jordan Peele’s breakout hit horror film Get Out.
As has been the case with other Godzilla: King of the Monsters castings, details on Whitford’s specific role are being kept under wraps for now. Whitford joins an already packed cast, including Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Stranger Things’ star Millie Bobby Brown. Only time will tell what exactly Whitford ends up doing in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but he’s definitely in good company.