The upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong sequel has cast Beauty and the Beast and Downtown Abby star Dan Stevens in the lead role.
Last year, Godzilla vs Kong became Warner Bros’ biggest theatrical hit. In the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, Warner Bros opted to release all of its 2021 films on HBO Max as well as in theaters. The film was a big hit on HBO Max beating out other fan-favorite films like Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The film would go on to earn over $467M worldwide and unlike its predecessor, Godzilla: King of Monsters, was well received by critics. The future of the franchise, however, isn’t entirely clear.
Currently, a number of projects in the MonsterVerse are in the works. A full AppleTV series is in development as is a direct sequel to Godzilla vs Kong. Director Adam Wingard is currently set to return to the universe as the director. The new film will be shot in Australia sometime later this year and is rumored to be titled Son of Kong, indicating that it will be a King Kong-focused film. Now the film has found its lead.
According to a report from Deadline, Dan Stevens has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming film. Stevens is best known for his roles in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast and the Downtown Abby series. Dan Stevens and Adam Wingard had previously worked together on the film, The Guest. Plot details on the upcoming film remain under wraps.
Here’s the official 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.
Directed by Adam Wingard, the 2021 film stars Millie Bobby Brown, Alexander Skarsgård, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, Brian Tyree Henry, Demian Bichir, Rebecca Hall, Jessica Henwick, Lance Reddick, and Kyle Chandler.
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