As the world prepares for the return of King Kong next in a few weeks, news is steadily trickling in about the next big monster movie: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019). That’s right, the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla remake is happening, and it’s just been announced that Vera Farmiga has joined the cast.
Vera Farmiga is set to play Millie Bobbie Brown’s mom (Stranger Things). It’s great to see both of these actresses getting work. Vera has been in several horror projects over the past years, including Bates Motel and The Conjuring franchise. It’ll be fun to see how she does in something bigger. Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) is set to play the father of their family, another guy who’s a great actor but hasn’t really had a breakout big screen appearance yet.
What’s interesting is that the franchise is choosing not to continue using the same actors from the first film, instead choosing to go with a whole new cast while continuing the same story much like the Planet of the Apes series. Maybe that’s a new thing now. The only cast member rumored to return is the Japanese scientist played by Ken Watanabe, which is kind of like Jurassic World when they brought back their own asian scientist…Hmm…They’re definitely trying to build a universe here, which is the new Hollywood trend.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is also getting a new director. Gareth Edwards, who directed the first film, and recently Rogue One, has not been given the helm for the sequel, instead Michael Dougherty will be taking the project. Michael Dougherty has worked on big films before, having written the screenplay for Superman Returns and X-men Apocalypse, although he has yet to direct a big budget film. He has directed several horror films, such as Trick r’ Treat and Krampus, so maybe this next film will be more horror based than the last, which could set it apart.
The first Godzilla film was criticized by many who claimed that the monster barely appeared and that there was a script filled with boring characters. The film overall wasn’t what many were hoping for. Maybe the new cast is an attempt to make people forget about the first film and look to the future. There’s a lot riding on the next Godzilla installment, as it will be the final chapter before the much anticipated King Kong v. Godzilla crossover in 2020. Hopefully this time they’ll get it right.