Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been offered the lead role in the upcoming Godzilla reboot from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. This news is coming after a long week of ups and downs on the Godzilla front, but hang in there, the reboot movie is quickly coming together.
According to Deadline, Aaron Taylor-Johnson wants to be in the new Godzilla movie but he’s waiting for the script to be finalized. The 22-year-old actor is the latest mentioned for the movie’s lead, following on the heels of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scoot McNairy, and Henry Cavill. Taylor-Johnson can currently be seen in Joe Wright’s film adaptation of Anna Karenina, and the Kick-Ass 2.
Legendary hired screenwriter Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead, The Shawshank Redemption) to do a final polish on the script, taking over from Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3). Originally written by Dave Callaham (The Expendables) and Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son), the Godzilla script has gone through a lot of hands, including David S. Goyer (Batman Begins), before it ended up with Darabont.
This week also saw the firing and litigation of the film’s producers, Dan Lin, Roy Lee, and Doug Davison, over film credit and producer’s fee disputes. Legendary Pictures is currently suing the trio for the right to fire them and pay them a smaller fee.
Even so, it seems like Godzilla is moving in the right direction. It’s still a long way away from being called a disaster. It was also reported that film production would start this spring, and now it has a release date: Godzilla will stomp into theaters everywhere on May 16, 2014 in 3D.