Legendary’s Godzilla Sequel Film Casts Bates Motel Actress Vera Farmiga
Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Monday that Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring, Bates Motel) has joined the cast of Godzilla: King of Monsters, the sequel film to Legendary Pictures’ 2014 Godzilla movie. Farmiga plays the mother of the character that child actor Millie Bobby Brown plays.
Variety revealed last month that Brown (Stranger Things) will appear in the film. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Kyle Chandler plays a scientist and the father of Brown’s character. Variety noted that Legendary has yet to announce whether Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Elizabeth Olsen — the stars of the 2014 film — are involved in the sequel.
Michael Dougherty (Krampus) is directing the sequel, after co-writing the script with his Krampus writing partner Zach Shields. Dougherty previously led the writing room collaborators who brainstormed how to unite the current Godzilla and King Kong projects under Legendary’s “MonsterVerse” franchise. Alex Garcia is producing the project for Legendary.
Godzilla: King of Monsters was previously known as Godzilla 2 before Legendary announced the film’s new title last month. The film is slated for March 22, 2019. The planned Godzilla vs. Kong crossover film is slated for May 29, 2020.
Director Gareth Edwards, who directed the 2014 Godzilla film, left the Godzilla sequel project last May. News source Deadline described the split as “amicable.”
Legendary Pictures had transferred its Kong: Skull Island prequel film from Universal Studios to Warner Bros. in September 2015 to allow for the possibility of the Godzilla vs. Kong crossover. Warner Bros. is planning to develop a new “ecosystem” of both new and classic giant super-species.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter (Borys Kit, Mia Galuppo)