The latest casting news has Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) in talks to join Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot. Penned by Max Borenstein with a final draft by Frank Darabont, Godzilla is expected to star Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), but no casting decisions will be finalized until the polished script is accepted by Legendary brass. Therefore, it goes without saying that any plot or character details are being kept under wraps for the time being. We do know that Darabont is promising a Godzilla that returns to its roots as a “terrifying force of nature” and that the picture will open May 16, 2014. For what else we know, hit the jump.
Variety reports that Cranston and Olsen are in talks to join Edwards’ Godzilla. No further details have been released but with production scheduled to begin next month, we should be getting some answers soon. My money’s on a fire-breathing Cranston wearing a pork pie hat. [Update: A previous report from CHUD tells us that the lead role is expected to be a soldier (presumably played by Johnson) and that we should be ready for at least two monsters in addition to Godzilla. According to Heat Vision, who says to expect “plenty of monsters,” Cranston is in talks to play Johnson’s step-father. ]
Cranston has had a big surge in movie roles over the last year, appearing in Red Tails, John Carter, Rock of Ages, Total Recall and Argo. He’s also got Get a Job and Eye of Winter set to open later this year. Oh and he’s got some little TV series on AMC, too. It looks like the final season of Breaking Bad will return on July 14th.
Olsen’s not doing too bad herself, having booked nine major roles over the last couple of years. She has the female lead in Spike Lee’s reboot of Oldboy and the title role in Charlie Stratton’s Thérèse.