Demián Bichir has entered talks to play a leading role in director Adam Wingard's MonsterVerse crossover film, Godzilla vs. Kong. The MonsterVerse launched in 2014 with Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot and expanded three years later when Jordan Vogt-Roberts' Kong: Skull Island hit the scene. Michael Dougherty's sequel Godzilla: King of the Monsters will serve as the final link in the chain leading up to the big throwdown between Godzilla and King Kong, when it hits theaters around the middle of 2019.
Plot details for Godzilla vs. Kong are under lock and key for the time being, but Dougherty has confirmed that King of the Monsters will further set the stage for Godzilla and Kong's battle on the big screen in 2020. In the meantime, Wingard is gearing up to start production in November and has begun to finalize the movie's cast ahead of then. So far, the acting roster includes Atlanta's Brian Tyree Henry and Deadpool 2 costar Julian Dennison, with The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira rumored to be circling another key role. It appears they will be joined in the film by yet another revered character actor, in the form of Bichir.
According to Collider, Bichir is currently in talks to play a role in Godzilla vs. Kong. The site further reports that King of the Monsters costars Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, and Zhang Ziyi are all rumored, but not yet confirmed to appear in the MonsterVerse crossover. THR, in its own report on Bichir's casting, indicates that Brown is onboard for Godzilla vs. Kong, but doesn't have any additional information to offer regarding Chandler and Ziyi's potential involvement.
The Oscar-nominee Bichir is far from a stranger to franchise fare like Godzilla vs. Kong, having previously appeared in films like Robert Rodriguez's sequel Machete Kills, Ridley Scott's prequel Alien: Covenant and, just last month, The Conjuring universe installment The Nun. Bichir will also be appearing in next year's YA sci-fi novel adaptation Chaos Walking, as well as Sony's reboot of The Grudge horror movie franchise, aka. Grudge. Like Henry, Dennison, and everyone else linked to the MonsterVerse's big crossover at the moment, Bichir usually stands out in every movie he makes. Thus, his involvement here will further ensure that Godzilla vs. Kong isn't hurting for impressive acting talent.
Godzilla vs. King is similarly an intriguing project for Wingard to tackle next. The filmmaker has already tried his hand at horror subgenres like home invasion (You're Next) and horror action-thriller (The Guest), as well as found-footage (Blair Witch), and even horror-flavored anime/manga (Death Note), in the lead-up to his first time at bat on a big-budget monster movie. Wingard has been somewhat hit or miss with his offerings so far, but it's encouraging to see that he already has a great cast lined up to join him on his trip into the MonsterVerse.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020