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Sally Hawkins Joins Godzilla

hawkinsDon’t worry. That small feeling of nausea you get in the pit of your stomach every time you read anything about Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Godzilla reboot is perfectly natural, because almost nothing about it makes for any sort of coherent sense. I mean, it makes more sense than Matthew Broderick in a monster movie, but that’s a given. But everyone involved with this film swings to the positive side, and it’s added even more quality talent.

British actress Sally Hawkins has taken Godzilla‘s last leading role, a week into the film’s production. Hawkins, a star of stage, big screen and little screen, was last seen in Mike Newell’s adaptation of Dickens’ Great Expectations and Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre adaptation, but I remember her best from Layer Cake. She won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her role in Mike Leigh’s 2008 dramedy Happy-Go-Lucky.

Her role wasn’t specified at all, and it’s just known that she’ll play a scientist, presumably one running for her life at some point. She joins the star-studded cast that includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn and Juliette Binoche. IF only they could cast Gary Busey as Godzilla. That’s a movie I’d see without further encouragement.

Godzilla – which was written in turns by Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham and, most notably, Frank Darabont – is set for its 3D release on May 16, 2014. The film is taking the film to a smaller, more humanized level, yet it will feature two other monsters and be shown in 3D. That’s Hollywood.

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