Aaron Johnson is the New Lead Frontrunner for Legendary's 'Godzilla'
by Ben Pearson
January 10, 2013
Of the many roles Joseph Gordon-Levitt had to choose from before he eventually elected to take a lead in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, one option offered to him was the lead in Legendary Pictures' reboot of Godzilla, being directed by Monsters helmer Gareth Edwards. That role is now up for grabs, and Deadline is reporting that Kick-Ass and Anna Karenina Aaron Taylor-Johnson (formerly known as simply Aaron Johnson) is now the frontrunner to headline the sci-fi monster reboot. I've heard whispers that the lead role will be that of a soldier, but most of the plot details are being kept under wraps for now.
For those who didn't see the footage at Comic-Con, the most we know about this new take on Godzilla is that Edwards plans to make it a very realistic portrayal of what would happen if Godzilla actually emerged in our world as we live in it today. The Shawshank Redemption writer/director and one-time "Walking Dead" showrunner Frank Darabont was just hired to take a pass at the script, and though the studio is currently in a big legal battle with some of the film's producers, we're still looking forward to this one.
Taylor-Johnson is a solid actor who could use another interesting lead part since he had a mediocre 2012 with Anna Karenina and Savages, but he'll also soon reprise the title role in Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall. He'll wait until Darabont's final script comes in before making a decision, but all parties are interested and things are looking good right now. As always, stay tuned for more.