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.
"realistic portrayal" Yeah, great angle for a Godzilla film. He's not going to breathe fire is he?
OfficialJab on Jan 10, 2013
Very good to hear. Aaron Johnson is very talented.
DAVIDPD on Jan 10, 2013
Mr. Nothing Personal...
Bl00dwerK on Jan 10, 2013
Do we really need another brash glitzy CGI filled Hollywood action-fest for Godzilla? The Showa Godzilla films were a pinnacle of my childhood, watching giant monsters battling it out in large densely populated urban environments. But that's all it is - fun, nonsensical perfect Sunday afternoon viewing. Who knows though, it may well be a good film.. but it will be missing the charm of the Japanese titles and will certainly not be a 'Godzilla Movie'. Purely used for namesake purposes only there is no need to make it a "realistic portrayal", I would have preferred some originality in the creature or at least an IP. Then again at least it's not Emmerich.
Dearsleazy on Jan 10, 2013
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