Even though the upcoming reboot of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla is going through some legal disputes, that hasn’t stopped Legendary Pictures from eyeing their potential leading man. With the recent news of Joseph Gordon-Levitt turning down the role it’s no surprise that we now have a new name in the mix. That name belongs to Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass, Nowhere Boy, Savages) and I couldn’t be happier with the choice. Johnson is a fantastic young actor and it’s nice seeing him getting a nod for the leading role in such a high profile film. Right now, he is currently at the top of the short list for potential actors for the role which consists of Henry Cavill, Scoot McNairy, and Caleb Landry Jones.
After bringing Frank Darabont onto the project so late in the game, and the potential casting of Johnson, this film has taken on a whole new life. I have all the faith in the world that Darabont will re-write a fantastic script as he is known for staying very faithful to the source material as well as putting his own spin on it.
All we know right now regarding the story is that Edwards is going for a more realistic approach to the classic monster tale.
Godzilla is currently set to hit theaters on May 16, 2014.