Exclusive: Adam Wingard Explains Charles Dance’s Absence in GODZILLA VS KONG + Reveals Part He Wanted Him to Play in THE GUEST
Yesterday, we talked to Godzilla vs Kong director Adam Wingard about the film’s lack of a post-credits scene.
We also took a detour into the Black Hills Forest to revisit the controversial ending of 2016’s Blair Witch.
For today’s exclusive, we’re talking about Charles Dance and his notable absence from Godzilla vs Kong. Wingard also reveals how he hoped to cast the actor in a major role in 2014’s The Guest! Enjoy our conversation below the trailer and synopsis for Godzilla vs Kong!
Legends collide in Godzilla vs. Kong as these mythic adversaries meet in a spectacular battle for the ages, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond. But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the globe. The epic clash between the two titans—instigated by unseen forces—is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the Earth.
Godzilla Vs Kong stars Alexander Skarsgård (The Stand), Millie Bobby Brown, and Rebecca Hall. Brian Tyree Henry co-stars with Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir. Mary Parent produced with Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod, and Brian Rogers.
Dread Central: I wanted to ask you about Alan Jonah [played by Charles Dance]. He emerged as the main villain in Godzilla: King of the Monsters but then he’s nowhere to be found in Godzilla vs. Kong. I was just wondering where he went?
Adam Wingard: That’s a good question, I don’t know, he’s out there somewhere. Presumably, he sold that Gidorah skull to Apex but he’s not a part of the plot going on at this point. So, he’s out there presumably, somewhere.
DC: Interesting. So maybe he’ll pop back up again if Legendary continues the MonsterVerse?
AW: Yeah, could be. My editor was always really pro Jonah. He was like, “I don’t understand why he is not in this film! We’ve got to bring him back!” but it just didn’t fit. He was always pushing for him but there wasn’t really space for him.
DC: Charles Dance is fantastic, it’s hard to imagine any movie here there’s no space for him.
AW: I love Charles Dance. I don’t know if you caught my film The Guest?
DC: Only about… six times.
AW: Charles Dance was my first choice to play the Lance Reddick role [playing Major Carver] but he was doing something else, maybe Game of Thrones. He was busy so I couldn’t get him, but originally I was like, “He’s got to be my ‘Loomis’ in this movie.
Wingard directed The Guest (released in 2014) from a screenplay written by his frequent collaborator Simon Barrett; the film stars Dan Stevens, Sheila Kelley, and Maika Monroe.
If it’s been a while, or if you’ve never experienced the horror of The Guest, check out the film’s trailer and synopsis below.
A string of mysterious deaths leads a teenager to become suspicious of a soldier (Dan Stevens) who showed up on her family’s doorstep and claimed to be a friend of her dead brother.
Are you excited to check out Godzilla vs Kong on March 31st? Are you a fan of 2014’s The Guest? What do you think of our exclusive interview with Adam Wingard? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.Test