After casting Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston in Godzilla, Legendary has turned to another TV favorite to lead the sequel, as Friday Night Lights coach Kyle Chandler has signed on to star in GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) was previously cast in the monster movie, and her fellow Netflix star Chandler has agreed to play her father upon wrapping the third and final season of Bloodline for the streaming service.
Michael Dougherty will direct Godzilla: King of the Monsters from a script he co-wrote with Zach Shields. While plot details remain a mystery, it’s possible that original Godzilla star Ken Watanabe could return for the sequel according to Variety, which broke the news of Chandler’s casting.
I never really watched Friday Night Lights but here’s hoping the Godzilla sequel makes a movie star out of Chandler, who has classed up every movie he’s done, from Argo and Zero Dark Thirty to The Wolf of Wall Street and The Spectacular Now. He’s also no stranger to creature features, having co-starred in Peter Jackson’s King Kong and J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. Clearly, this Godzilla sequel must be pretty special for Chandler to return to that well.
Should Chandler survive the Godzilla sequel, he could reunite with the eighth wonder of the world down the line, as Warner Bros. will release Godzilla: King of the Monsters on March 22, 2019 — one year before the mash-up movie Godzilla vs. Kong stomps into theaters on May 29, 2020. The studio is currently prepping for the release of Kong: Skull Island on March 10.
Chandler can currently be seen as Casey Affleck’s brother in Manchester by the Sea, and he next stars alongside Logan Lerman and Elle Fanning in the indie drama Sidney Hall. He’s represented by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.
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