It’s good to see things going smoothly, at least for one day. Production began yesterday on Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.’ Godzilla reboot, and director Gareth Edwards has officially made the leap from small-budget independent filmmaking to big Hollywood directing. To commemorate this milestone in Edwards’ career, the 37-year-old British director made a special video on the set of Godzilla. Watch the video below:
Movie studios these days seem to be hiring indie directors with one breakthrough hit to helm summer blockbusters lately. Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man), Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic Park IV), and now Gareth Edwards are just a few indie directors taking a shot at big-time Hollywood moviemaking. Edwards is helming the Godzilla reboot for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros, and he’s keeping things classy by adding Japanese actor Ken Watanabe to the cast.
Gareth Edwards is making some classy moves with his upcoming Godzilla reboot. First he cast Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston and indie darling Elisabeth Olsen in the movie, then he cast French art house actress Juliette Bincohe, and now Good Night, and Good Luck actor Jason Strathairn will Godzilla for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.
The news of Strathairn’s casting comes via Variety, but so far it’s unclear who Strathairn will play in the film. Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Walking Dead) is currently writing the screenplay. With all the fantastic talent associated with Godzilla, it may actually be a reboot worth looking forward to when it stomps into theaters in 2014.
Jason Strathairn was most recently seen in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, where he played Secretary of State William Seward. He played Dr. Lee Rosen on the recently canceled Alphas for SyFy and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of American broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow in the George Clooney-directed Good Night, and Good Luck in 2005. Strathairn also played the character of Erwin “Whistler” Emory in the cult-classic Sneakers in 1992.
It’s rare for a big Hollywood blockbuster to include many actors who are mostly known for their indie and art-house movie work. You have to hand it to director Gareth Edwards for making Godzilla classy, and now he’s looking to add another well-respected talent.
It’s odd to think of indie actors at the center of giant summer blockbusters, but it seems like that’s the trend in Hollywood lately. It’s smart if you think about it. Studios don’t have to pay as much as casting a well-established movie star, and the indie actor can get more exposure with mainstream audiences. Even if that exposure involves trying not to be stepped on by a giant lizard.
Actor Elizabeth Olsen is now confirmed for the new Godzilla reboot. She would join Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass, Savages) , who is currently in negotiations with Legendary Pictures to play the lead. While it’s unclear whom Olsen would be playing, the 23-year-old female actor mostly appears in smaller, indie movies, so Godzilla will be her first mainstream, tent-pole film.
Olsen is a Sundance darling, appearing in three different Sundance Film Festival films in three consecutive years. She first gained critical recognition for her stirring lead performance in Sean Durkin’s directorial debut, Martha Marcy May Marlene, in 2011. Last year, she appeared in How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor’s sophomore effort, Liberal Arts. A few weeks ago, Olsen appeared in Kill Your Darlings, with Daniel Radcliffe and Ben Foster.
Casting is quickly starting to come together for the Godzilla reboot. A few weeks ago, Legendary Pictures was in talks with actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson to star in the upcoming monster movie. Now it looks like the movie studio is also considering bringing Martha Marcy May Marlene star Elisabeth Olsen and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston into the cast as well.
According to Variety, the reboot of the popular Japanese film series is currently awaiting a script polish from screenwriter Frank Darabont. The ex-showrunner of AMC’s The Walking Dead wants to make this new iteration of the iconic monster a “terrifying force of nature” as he and director Gareth Edwards iron out a more realistic approach to the source material.
Elisabeth Olsen is an indie darling who was featured in How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor’s sophomore effort, Liberal Arts, and in Kill Your Darlings, featuring Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Foster, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. She will also appear in Spike Lee’s upcoming remake of Oldboy, which will be released later this year. If she takes the Godzilla job, this would be her first tentpole summer blockbuster movie.