Although Godzilla 2 is being heavily marketed as an epic monster crossover of its own - it will mark the western debut of Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah - it's also part of a bigger, multi-film project. The MonsterVerse shared universe is two movies strong, starting in 2014 with Godzilla and continuing with Kong: Skull Island, with the end goal being 2020's Godzilla vs. Kong.
It had already been promised that Godzilla: King of the Monsters would have some "breadcrumbs" leading to that showdown (which was previously made in Japan at 1962's Kong vs. Godzilla), with shady Titan-hunting government organization Monarch long-assumed to be the S.H.I.E.L.D. style connector. However, speaking at San Diego Comic-Con, director Michael Dougherty confirmed that one character from Kong: Skull Island will appear - sparking speculation of just who it could be. Based on everything we know about the sequel, though, there's only one option: Charles Dance is an older Tom Hiddleston.
- This Page: Charles Dance is Older Tom Hiddleston
- Page 2: What James Conrad's Return Means For The MonsterVerse
Kong: Skull Island Set Up Four Characters For A Godzilla 2 Cameo
Let's back up a moment and look at Kong: Skull Island, a film that doesn't leave much open for crossovers. Jordan Vogt-Roberts' film had an unusably high body count, and assuming that Dougherty is talking about the human cast (and so no Kong himself or Skullcrawlers getting wrapped up in humanity's monster-fuelled attempt to stop Earth's destruction), we've only got four options: Tom Hiddleston's James Conrad, Brie Larson's Mason Weaver, Jing Tian's San Lin and Corey Hawkins' Houston Brooks. The latter two are Monarch scientists who battle for survival in the background of much of the movie before recruiting Conrad and Weaver in Kong: Skull Island's post-credits scene. That stinger was explicitly setting up Godzilla 2, with the four watching slides depicting cave paintings of Gojira tangling with Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah.
Given the age of all four characters in 1973, any of them could still be alive during the (presumably) 2019 events of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. With that 46-year time jump, though, it would likely mean they'd be recast. And that's where Dance comes in.
Theory: Charles Dance's Mysterious Character Is Old Tom Hiddleston
Charles Dance is unique in the cast of Godzilla: King of the Monsters in that he's not yet been given a character name. Everyone else in the primary and secondary cast - from Millie Bobby Brown (Madison Russell) to Anthony Ramos (Colonel Martinez) - so for an actor of Dance's stature (especially in recent years) suggests he's either not got a big enough role to warrant confirmation, or that it's a secret. All things considered, we're inclined to say the latter.
Actor-wise, everything matches. Hiddleston was 34 when he shot Kong: Skull Island, while Dance was 70 during Godzilla 2's production. That's a 35-year gap, which is within the broader limits of movie age (Hiddleston could easily be playing five years younger and Dance five older). Additionally, both actors have kept their native British accents. And, plainly put, if you were to cast an older Tom Hiddleston, Charles Dance is a fair shout (conversely, Hiddleston would make a spot-on young Tywin Lannister).
Comments from the actors bolster suspicions. When Screen Rant caught up with Hiddleston at the start of 2018 to discuss Aardman animation Early Man, we asked who he would pick to play his older counterpart in Godzilla vs. Kong. The actor claimed to not know of any crossover but stated he was aware of Godzilla 2. When pressed to provide a name, though, he was unforthcoming, instead (with the aid of co-star Maisie Williams) joking he could do it in prosthetics. By itself, it's a typically jovial press junket response, but if James Conrad really has been recast, then playing this coy would certainly fit.
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: May 22, 2020
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019