Juliette Binoche to Join Gareth Edwards' New 'Godzilla' at Legendary

February 26, 2013
Source: Variety

Godzilla / Juliette Binoche

Slowly but surely, the cast for Gareth Edwards' reboot of Godzilla set up at Legendary Entertainment is filling out. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston were all said to be in talks for various roles (though specifics are still unavailable), and now Variety reports French actress Juliette Binoche, who was recently seen in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, is taking an unknown role. Legendary and Warner Bros. are keeping this film under tight wraps, even after a supposed rewrite from Frank Darabont, so it's hard to get excited for anything other than the return of the giant monster. More below!

It's hard to say what's going on with this project after a couple of producers were booted off the film, and a rewrite being ordered this late in the game. But if this caliber of a cast is still involved, then maybe it will turn out all right. Frankly, we're just hoping that Gareth Edwards' first foray into blockbusters isn't a complete disaster. But after films like The Mist, I'm thinking Darabont will do fine with the script. Production is supposed to begin in March in order to meet their May 16th, 2014 release date, and we hope to hear some more official details on the story and characters soon.

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  • I'm still excited and hopeful. I don't see why they are so dead-set on May. A December 2014 release would be fine, I think. Unless WB/Legendary are tentatively aiming to get another film out for that month, maybe something like Nolan's 'Interstellar'...
  • Scopedog
    Wow...the casting is certainly nothing to sneeze at. And let's face it--Juliette Binoche doing a science fiction/giant monster film? This is big!
  • Filgrrrl
    Horrible news. Such a talented actress wasting her time in this cheesy garbage? I think I may vomit! Damn Hollywoood!
    • DrForrester
      Get over yourself! The original Godzilla was a metaphor for the destructive power of nuclear weapons and its effects on humanity and was released by a country less than ten years after it had not one but two atomic bombs dropped on it. And keep in mind that they're the first and only country to have that happen. There are more than enough threats in this day and age to provide a poignant origin story for Godzilla, and given the threat of malicious countries working to develop their own nuclear arms even today the bomb might still be a valid choice. We all know Frank Darabont is more than capable of writing a good and serious story here and Gareth Edwards is the filmmaker who can really show it the respect it deserves. The actors they've been talking to as well just raise the legitimacy higher and higher. So quit being a fucking snob and stop your bitching.
  • Lane
    Seems like Warner Brothers is doing it right. They learned from Nolan and Batman. Pick a director that showed chops with character driven sci fi (Monsters), hire a serious and genre writer with cred, and cast it with great talent. At this point, there's no reason to doubt it, but we all can't get the images of Emmerich's Godzilla out of our minds.
  • Filmgrrrl
    No, no, no Lane! It doesn't matter who directs, writers or stars in it! It's still Godzilla, it's still a giant monster movie. This so called "film" will be terrible just on principle. This is a true fact. Should have left this movie to the likes of Michael Bay and Channing Tatum, rather than have so many established actors and up and coming talents throw their careers away on! I am quivering with rage right now. This is truly sickening.
    • jared
      just on your principle alone, not ours.
  • FilmGrrrl
    I am a true film buff, and very well versed in the arts of true cinematic art. Hollyshit has gone to far this time! This movie should be boycotted!
    • Stvn71
      Either your being sarcastic or your'e being a film snob... How can you call yourself a film buff when the original 1954 version of Godzilla has been included in the criterion collection...:/
  • Stvn71
    Fit grrl...inoshiro honda's original 1954 version of Godzilla has been included in the criterion collection... and you call yourself a film buff...pfft




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