- Release Date: March 22, 2019
- Cast: Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Anthony Ramos, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, Zhang Ziyi
- Director: Michael Dougherty
- Writers: Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields, Max Borenstein
Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins Are Returning For Godzilla 2
Godzilla: King of the Monsters features almost an entirely new cast compared to the first movie. Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins are reprising their Godzilla roles as Monarch scientists Dr. Ishiro Serizawa and Dr. Vivienne Graham, respectively. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen both aren't returning for the sequel.
Instead, Vera Farmiga's Dr. Emma Russell and her family - Kyle Chander's Mark Russell and Millie Bobby Brown's Madison Russell - will be the main family, with Bradley Whitford as Dr. Stanton and Anthony Ramos as Colonel Martinez. Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, Zhang Ziyi are all appearing in undisclosed roles.
There's No Human Villain In Godzilla 2
There's no villain in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, in the traditional sense of the word. Just as with the first movie, Godzilla 2 focuses primarily on Godzilla fighting a slew of giant monsters - and those monsters are the film's villains. So, while there will be human heroes and other characters, there won't be a human villain... at least that we know of at this time.
Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah Are Godzilla 2's Monsters
Godzilla has a whole new team of monsters to take on in Godzilla 2. Instead of fighting two MUTOs, Godzilla will be facing off against ancient super-species Mothra (a giant moth), Rodan (a giant reptile), and of course, King Ghidorah (a three-headed dragon) - Godzilla's "ultimate nemesis," according to the film's official synopsis. Each monster (or Kaiju) comes back into the fold to fight for supremacy.
Godzilla & Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah Fight For Supremacy In Godzilla 2
Once again, Godzilla will be fighting giant-sized monsters. According to the official synopsis that released when Godzilla: King of the Monsters entered production, the film follows "the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah." While the first movie only had Godzilla taking on MUTO, all four creatures are fighting for supremacy in the sequel which leaves "humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance."
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There Isn't A Godzilla 2 Trailer Yet
A trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters hasn't released yet. Considering that filming wrapped in September 2017, the film's first trailer should debut at San Diego Comic-Con 2018. People may recall that the first teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One released at SDCC 2017, and the film was slated to release in March 2018. In this case, Godzilla 2 hits theaters in March 2019.
There Isn't A Godzilla 2 Poster Yet
A poster for Godzilla 2 hasn't released yet. The film's first teaser poster (possibly showcasing Godzilla and at least one of the monsters) should release in advance of San Diego Comic-Con 2018 along with the first teaser trailer.
How Godzilla 2 Sets Up Godzilla vs. Kong
Until Godzilla: King of the Monsters hits theaters, it's unclear exactly how the film will connect into Adam Wingard's Godzilla vs. Kong, which releases in May 2020. Wingard did mention that some of Godzilla 2's characters will appear in the monster brawl film, but he refrained from saying which characters. Moreover, he didn't specify if he was talking about human characters or monsters. Given that Monarch plays an integral role in not only Godzilla and Godzilla 2 but also Kong: Skull Island, it would make sense for Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins' scientists to appear in the 2020 film. Plus, we know that Godzilla vs. Kong follows the events of Godzilla 2 in the present day.
Read more: Godzilla 2 Ties Into Godzilla vs. Kong
Michael Dougherty Is Directing Godzilla 2
Acclaimed horror director and screenwriter Michael Dougherty (X2: X-Men United, Trick r' Treat) took over directing duties for Godzilla 2. Gareth Edwards directed the 2014 Godzilla reboot, but he elected not to return for the sequel so that he could focus on smaller projects instead, following the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
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Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields, and Max Borenstein Wrote Godzilla 2's Script
Director Michael Dougherty and his longtime producing partner, Zach Shields, are both co-writing the script alongside Max Borenstein, who officially signed on for the project back in 2014. Borenstein is the real guy behind the MonsterVerse. He not only wrote the script for Godzilla and Godzilla 2 but also co-wrote the screenplay for Kong: Skull Island. But it doesn't seem like he will be returning to write the story for Godzilla vs. Kong. Still, he's arguably played the biggest part in setting up the shared universe.
Godzilla 2 Already Wrapped Production
Godzilla: King of the Monsters was first announced in summer 2014, shortly after the first movie hit theaters, but it's been on a long road since then. Godzilla 2 was originally slated to hit theaters in June 2018 before being delayed to March 2019 (the same time-frame in which Kong: Skull Island released). But prep was already well underway, so they maintained their production schedule, generally.
The movie started filming in Atlanta, GA, in June 2017 and wrapped up shooting in late-September 2017, with a handful of scenes having been filmed in Mexico City in August of that year. Although there's more than a full-year gap between when filming concludes to when the movie releases, the crew can use that time to perfect the CGI and there will undoubtedly be at least a few weeks of typical reshoots.
Read more: Godzilla 2 Is Officially Done Filming
Godzilla 2 Features Easter Eggs To Original Films
Godzilla is an iconic Toho franchise, and each film does its part to pay homage to the past. Gareth Edwards' 2014 film contained many easter eggs, such as Monarch being founded in the wake of a 1954 nuclear bombing which tried to kill Godzilla (the same year the first Godzilla film released). Michael Dougherty is now doing his part to honor the past in his sequel. He's even teased some references on Twitter already.
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- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: May 22, 2020