Casting, story news ramps up 'Godzilla' rampage

Summer 2014 is expected to be monstrous when it comes to what we’ll be seeing in the movie theaters. Films like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Transformers 4, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again are scheduled for release. But how will they stand up to the king of all monsters Godzilla.

As was announced with a surprise teaser at Comic-Con, the Japanese thunder lizard is coming back to theaters with Gareth Edwards directing the reboot. Its official release date is May 16, 2014, and thanks to an exclusive over at, we’ve learned that Aaron Taylor-Johnson from Kick Ass and Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Wall is slated to get the human lead in the Legendary Pictures film.

According to the site, Johnson "won’t make a final decision on whether or not to take the offer until he sees the final polish that Frank Darabont is writing based on the Max Borenstein script." Fans of the AMC series, The Walking Dead may recognize Darabont as the one of it’s creators and controversially fired showrunners. Darabont was replaced by Glen Mazzara (who was also just controversially fired from the show).

There seems to be much controversy surrounding who will be on the Godzilla production team, but it looks like Mary Parent (Pacific Rim) is just about done finalizing a deal to be on board.

According to, "The reboot will pay respects to the 1954 original about a fire-breathing monster, mutated due to atomic radiation exposure, that wreaked devastation on Japan but then defended the nation in later films from attacks by other monsters. The reboot promises to be a more 'realistic' and 'serious' nontraditional sci-fi take on Godzilla."

Are you excited to check out the new and improved Godzilla? Or do you still have a bad taste left in your mouth thanks to the 1998 remake? What monsters would you like to see Godzilla battle? We’ll keep you posted on all the latest news on the film.

-Larissa Mrykalo