Legendary is looking for a new way to reinvent their so called "Monsterverse" that will ultimately include a crossover fight unlike anything seen before on the big screen when Kong and Godzilla clash. Gareth Edwards' Godzilla in 2014 launched this new universe to mixed results since the movie hid the titular monster throughout a majority of it, instead focusing on the human characters led by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen. However, Kong's presence in Kong: Skull Island appears to be fairly significant, but even then the studio has put the likes of Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, and more in as the human leads.
The following installment in this universe will be Godzilla: King of Monsters, which just recently found itself a director in Krampus's Michael Dougherty. With the film now looking to be moving in the right direction following Edwards' departure, it appears that it has just found its new lead in a rising star.
Millie Bobby Brown has been cast as the lead in the Godzilla sequel, but further character information has not been provided at this point. Brown quickly stole the hearts of many with her performance as Eleven in Stranger Things last year, and now she is poised to have her first feature film role.
It was clear after the success of Stranger Things that Brown would be one of the hottest names in Hollywood, and it has now led to her finally capitalizing on that success. This should be the first of many projects announced that keeps Brown busy in the coming years as she continues to prove herself as one of the top rising young actresses in the business.
This announcement will not hinder Brown's participation in season 2 of Stranger Things as King of Monsters will likely not begin production until next year. Not only should she have time to stay with the Netflix original series for the upcoming season, but also a third (and potentially beyond) depending on her schedule and what the Duffer brothers have planned.
At only 12-years-old, it is great to see Brown already securing high-profile projects such Godzilla: King of Monsters. Her involvement should once again keep the humans heavily involved with Godzilla's next story, but maybe not as much as before. It should be interesting to see how quickly the rest of the cast develops around her and to see if she could potentially play a larger role in the Monsterverse - and even return for Godzilla vs. Kong. Assuming Stranger Things season 2 is just as big of a phenomenon as season 1, Brown's stock should only continue to climb moving forward.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Kong: Skull Island (2017) release date: Mar 10, 2017