'Godzilla' reboot closer to landing two more stars
Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen in talks to battle giant lizard
By DonKaye_ParallelUniverse Feb 7, 2013 5:55PM
The upcoming reboot of "Godzilla" is reportedly close to nabbing two more stars to face the giant reptile in its first big screen appearance since 2004.
According to Variety, Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad," "Total Recall") and Elizabeth Olsen ("Silent House") are in negotiations to join Aaron Taylor-Johnson ("Kick-Ass") in the movie, which is tentatively scheduled to begin production next month.
British director Gareth Edwards, whose low-budget 2010 film "Monsters" earned him fan and critical acclaim, is behind the camera for this project, which has just had its script tweaked by former "Walking Dead" executive producer Frank Darabont.
Nothing about the plot or characters has been revealed, although rumors have been circulating that Godzilla will be joined by two other monsters in the film.
Taylor-Johnson, who will be seen later this summer in "Kick-Ass 2" as the would-be title superhero, will reportedly play a soldier who gets caught up in Godzilla's wake of destruction. Cranston would supposedly play his stepfather, while Olsen would appear as Taylor-Johnson's girlfriend.
Although the last original Japanese film about the giant lizard, "Godzilla: Final Wars," came out in 2004, he was last seen on multiplex screens in the U.S. in 1998, in a Roland Emmerich-directed tentpole that was largely (and rightfully) perceived as a disaster.
A teaser for the new "Godzilla," showing just a shadowy glimpse of the creature and the ruins of a city that he has just passed through, impressed an enthusiastic audience at last summer's Comic-Con with its somber tone of dread and terror.
"Godzilla" is tentatively scheduled to be out in theaters May 16, 2014.
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