Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla had a lot of great things going for it. Godzilla looked cool, the action set pieces were engaging, and Edwards’ directorial sense of scale is unmatched. Its number of interesting characters, however, was lacking. Aaron Taylor-Johnson as a straight-laced military guy does not an interesting character make.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is seeking to change that. Stranger Things’ Mille Bobby Brown has already signed on to star in the film, and now (according to Variety) Kyle Chandler has signed on to play the most Kyle Chandler character ever: Brown’s dad.
I’m into it. Chandler is a really solid actor who always nails the dad role that he seems to always be cast in, and a father-daughter relationship could prove interesting as the emotional core of the movie. At the very least, it shouldn’t be hard to improve upon whatever was going on between Talor-Johnson and Bryan Cranston in the first film, before Cranston was mercifully killed off early on.
Outside of that, it’s unlikely that any cast members from the first film will be returning, outside of Ken Watanabe. Not much of a loss, considering I doubt that any of us could name a single character without looking it up. Go on, try me.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be written and directed by Trick r Treat and Krampus‘ Michael Dougherty and will feature Godzilla squaring off against classic kaiju characters such as Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. We here at Caffeinated Film are very much looking forward to it. The addition of Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler only increase our excitement.
Regardless, we have a bit of a wait ahead of us. Godzilla: King of the Monsters doesn’t arrive until March 22, 2019. For those of you in need of a kaiju fix, the next installment in Legendary’s new Godzilla/Monster cinematic universe, Kong: Skull Island, hits theaters March 20th.