‘EW’ just shared the first two images from Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, the Michael Dougherty-directed sequel to the 2014 American Godzilla reboot, and the first is one of the coolest Godzilla shots I’ve seen in a while, while the below shot reveals our first look at both The Conjuring‘s Vera Farmiga and Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown in the sequel, which takes place five years after the events in the first film.
Says Michael Dougherty [Krampus]:
“The world is reacting to Godzilla in the same way we would react to any other terrifying incident, in that we are overreacting, but there’s paranoia and endless speculation about whether he is the only one out there or whether we’re threatened by others like his kind.”
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the cryptozoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient superspecies, thought to be mere myths, rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
It all sounds like a loose remake of 1965’s Ghidorah The Three Headed Monster, but it seems like the huge Pterosaur Rodan will play a bigger part this time. Says Dougherty:
“Rodan’s been kind of a sidekick character, but I’ve always had a soft spot for him. In a lot of ways he’s more powerful than Godzilla. He’s like this winged A-bomb. I think we’ve done him justice.”
And as for Godzilla Vs Kong:
“It’s not like we’re bending over backwards to introduce Kong, but there’s definitely some bread crumbs”.
Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is written by Dougherty, Max Borenstein and Zach Shields, and also stars Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Ziyi Zhang, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Ken Watanabe.
The release date is May 31, 2019.