While Legendary is set to expand their Monsterverse with the upcoming Kong: Skull Island – which just released its final trailer – the studio has also been hard at work getting a sequel to the first installment in that universe underway with Godzilla: King of Monsters. Written and directed by Michael Dougherty, not a ton is known about the plot of Godzilla: King of Monsters though there are prevailing rumors that fans could get a little teaser in Kong: Skull Island. The sequel to the 2014 film Godzilla has officially cast Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown in the lead role and, most recently, Kyle Chandler as her character’s father, while Ken Watanabe is rumored to be the only cast member from the original film to return.
Scheduled to currently release in 2019, the Godzilla sequel is still far off from answering any of those questions, though perhaps that aforementioned rumored teaser in Kong: Skull Island will provide some information in that department. Regardless, production for Godzilla: King of Monsters is pushing ever onward, and the film has now cast Vera Farmiga in what is likely to be a key role.
As reported by Variety, Farmiga has been cast in Godzilla: King of Monsters in the role of Brown’s mother. Though it’s unclear how big of a role this will turn out to be, the fact that characters from Godzilla have not yet been confirmed, it’s reasonable to assume she’ll be a vital part of the film’s narrative, along with Brown and Chandler.
While Farmiga is probably best known for her starring role on Bates Motel for the past four years, the actress is no stranger to high profile films, which include Martin Scorsese’s The Departed as well as the highly popular The Conjuring movies. Farmiga has also been nominated for one Academy Award for her supporting role in the George Clooney-starring film Up in the Air, as well an Emmy nomination for her work in Bates Motel.
Regardless if any of the characters from Godzilla return (Watanabe aside), fans should be pleased at the all-star lineup for Godzilla: King of Monsters so far. If anything, Brown will have the chance to prove herself in the world of film, as Godzilla: King of Monsters will be the young actress’s first big screen production. Whether the massive amount of popularity she garnered for herself on Stranger Things will translate to film remains to be seen, but with pros like Chandler and Farmiga tagging along, Brown will hopefully have an opportunity to shine once again.
- Kong: Skull Island (2017) release date: Mar 10, 2017
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019