Yesterday we posted that “Straight Outta Compton’s” O’Shea Jackson, Jr., is in talks to join Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which is the sequel to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla. An exciting additional announcement comes in the form of Ken Watanabe, who may be the only original cast member to return for more Godzilla action!
Watanabe played Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, a scientist who believes Godzilla is a force of balance within nature and must be allowed to basically do whatever it wants.
If both Jackson and Watanabe are locked down, they’ll join “Stranger Things” breakout star Millie Bobby Brown along with Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga. Michael Dougherty is directing the project from a script he penned with Zach Shields.
Alex Garcia will oversee the tentpole for Legendary. Godzilla: King of Monsters hits theaters on March 22, 2019, with the monster mash-up Godzilla vs. Kong slated to bow the following year on May 29, 2020.
Legendary and Warner Bros. announced in late 2015 that all future King Kong and Godzilla movies would be developed by Legendary and distributed by Warner Bros., starting with Kong: Skull Island. Legendary currently holds a distribution deal with Universal, but in order to re-team Godzilla and King Kong, the studio returned the rights to WB.