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.
According to Variety, French actress Juliette Binoche is currently in negotiations to join the cast of the upcoming Godzilla reboot for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. If both parties can agree to terms, Binoche would join indie actors Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston in director Gareth Edwards’ vision of the famous Japanese monster movie.
It would be really strange to watch Juliette Binoche in a big summer blockbuster. She is mostly known for appearing in art-house films for directors Abbas Kiarostami, Olivier Assayas, Krzysztof Kieslowski, and Michael Haneke. Most recently, she made a cameo appearance in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis with Twilight actor Robert Pattinson. Binoche won an Academy Award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient in 1997. Godzilla would be her first big American summer blockbuster.
Principal photography is slated to start on Godzilla this March. Apparently, Warner Bros. executives were really impressed with what Gareth Edwards had to offer, so they pushed production to start as soon as possible. Godzilla is positioned to be one of the biggest movies of summer 2014, despite opening opposite the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. The movie is expected to be a more realistic take on the Japanese monster movie, and screenwriter Frank Darabont has said the film is about a “terrifying force of nature.”
Godzilla will open in theaters everywhere on May 14, 2014 in 3D.