The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological 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 super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
Actress Zhang Ziyi (Hero, 2046, The Grandmaster) is back and upping the ante with a role now forthcoming in the upcoming sequel to Gareth Edwards’s monster hit, Godzilla. Legendary has closed a deal for the actress to star in a role that will have her outfitted within the covert Monarch organization in a story set several years following the events of the 2014 film.
Zhang will be joined by Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown and Bradley Whitford, along with returning actor Watanabe Ken. Michael Dougherty will direct from a his own script written with scribe Zach Shields for its March 22, 2019 release prior to Adam Wingard’s pending Monsterverse follow-up production, Godzilla Vs. Kong which opens on May 22, 2020.
Ziyi is a Golden Globe award-winning actress with BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild nominations for her role in Rob Marshall’s 2005 drama, Memoirs Of A Geisha, as well as BAFTA nominations for period Chinese wuxia martial arts epics, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Zhang Yimou’s House Of Flying Daggers. She is represented by ICM Partners and Mosaic.
Bearing my soul here some, so here goes: Gareth Edward’s 2014 rendition of Toho property, Godzilla, kinda sucked. It may be because of the fact that I caught a late showing of it at the movies and fell asleep in the finale which is why I continually feel unresolved by it or it could be because to date, even watching it on television or on VoD, that I still end up falling asleep by the third act. Or maybe I’m just cranky and need more sleep. I don’t know.. Eventually I did catch the last part in the on/off bits-and-pieces viewing of it but it’s still a little frustrating and I’m probably alone on this. A friend of mine named Darren saw it and loved it and frankly I’m a little jealous. Ha!
The jury is still out on my own receival of Funimation Films’s release of Shin Godzilla so I’ll give my reaction to that one in due time. Meanwhile, Edwards’s film has been long due for a sequel since it was announced that same summer after earning a global box office turn out of $103 million dollars, and with him still at the helm. So, what of it then? Well, two years and a Star Wars spin-off later, he’s obviously not doing it anymore while the good folks at Legendary continue to plot the three-film course to a crossover of legends between Godzilla and King Kong beginning with Kong: Skull Island in March. That said, a bit of word from Screencrush has dibs on the sequel to Edwards’s film that states Krampus director Michael Dougherty is in talks to helm the film.
Dougherty and Krampus co-writer Zach Shields are penning the script for Legendary Pictures, while the report also suggests a possible writers’ room may be in progress of assembly to help put the films together and the suits at Legendary decide whether or not to make it official. Plot details and other ideas on what Dougherty and Shields might have in store are up for grabs among fans following along with further updates and news ahead, Toho’s own premiere animated 2017 Godzilla movie notwithstanding.