Godzilla: King of Monsters has added yet another cast member to its growing ensemble. Following the release of Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot in 2014, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have been steadily building toward expanding their monster movie universe, something that was especially noticeable in this year's Kong: Skull Island. All of this is, of course, building toward the already-announced Godzilla vs Kong special event film from the two studios. But before audiences can see the King of the Apes face off against the King of Monsters, they'll first get to see the latter return to the big screen again in 2019 with Godzilla: King of Monsters.
Set to be directed by Krampus director, Michael Dougherty, the film's cast has been slowly coming together over the past couple of months, first with the exciting addition of Stranger Things breakout star, Millie Bobby Brown, as one of the film's lead characters. But it looks like she won't be the only Stranger Things cast member making an appearance in the highly anticipated sequel.
Through his official Twitter account today, Dougherty announced that actor Randy Havens has joined the cast of Godzilla: King of Monsters. While Havens has made a number of notable TV appearances throughout his career, he's likely most well-known for his performance as Mr. Clarke in Stranger Things, where he starred alongside Brown. While plot details from Godzilla: King of Monsters are being kept under tight wraps for the time being, Dougherty did hint that Havens will be playing a member of Monarch Industries, the organization at the heart of Warner Bros.' monster universe, having played notable roles in both Skull Island and 2014's Godzilla.
In addition to Havens and Brown, Godzilla: King of Monsters boasts a very impressive cast for itself. Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga are also set to star in the film as the parents to Brown's mysterious character, along with O'Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, and Game of Thrones' Charles Dance. Sally Hawkins, meanwhile, is set to reprise her role as Vivienne Graham from the 2014 Godzilla film, another member of the Monarch organization, and the assistant to Ken Watanabe's Dr. Ishiro Serizawa.
Based on a screenplay co-written by Dougherty and Zach Shields, there's quite a lot of pressure riding on Godzilla: King of Monsters at the moment -- by having to meet the expectations of both the fans who loved director Gareth Edwards' reboot and those who didn't. Fortunately, Dougherty has proven multiple times now that he can bring stunning visuals and atmospheric moods to his films, which should play heavily into his vision for this sequel. So with this cast and an exciting director at the helm, Warner Bros.' shared Godzilla and Kong universe promises to continue going in new, and unexpected directions over the next few years.
Source: Michael Dougherty
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: May 22, 2020