Just a few days ago it was announced that both Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston were in talks to join the cast of Monsters director Gareth Edwards’ new film, Godzilla. While being interviewed on the red carpet at Sundays BAFTA awards ceremony, Olsen pretty much confirmed that indeed she will be appearing in the film, and all of a sudden Godzilla has gotten even more exciting.
Olsen has pretty much come out of nowhere over the past year or so, and with staggering performances in films like Martha Marcy May Marlene, Silent House and Red Lights, and still with the likes of Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake to come, Olsen is hot property right now. Seeing her in Godzilla will be amazing, and she seems well up for the task.
You can see the brief interview next, and I must say it is quite bizarre when she mentions someone calling the film “lighthearted”. This new Godzilla film will be anything but!
Writer Frank Darabont recently described the Godzilla as:
“What I found very interesting about Godzilla is that he started off definitely as a metaphor for Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” explains Darabont. “And some of the atom bomb testing we were doing in the South Pacific in the subsequent years.”
“What we’re trying to do with the new movie is not have it camp, not have it be campy,” Darabont said. “We’re kind of taking a cool new look at it. But with a lot of tradition in the first film. We want this to be a terrifying force of nature. And what was really cool, for me, is there was a very compelling human drama that I got to weave into it. It’s not that cliched, thinly disguised romance or bromance, or whatever. It’s different, it’s a different set of circumstances than you’re used to seeing. And that’s tremendously exciting as a writer when you’re asked to do something else.”
“The giant terrifying force of nature that comes and stomps the shit out of your city, that was Godzilla. Filtered through the very fanciful imaginations of the Japanese perception. And then he became Clifford the Big Red Dog in the subsequent films. He became the mascot of Japan, he became the protector of Japan… I never really quite understood, the shift.”
It was also recently reported that Godzilla won’t be the only monster appearing in the film. The giant lizard will be facing not one, but TWO other monsters in the reboot which is expected to arrive in cinemas May 16th 2014.