Saturday, January 28, 2017

'Stranger Things' star Millie Bobby Brown joins cast of 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters'

I'm really interested to see where the cast of Stranger Things goes from here. After its premiere last summer, the sci-fi show created by the Duffer Brothers became a true cultural phenomenon, a show that captured the zeitgeist in almost every way, shape, and form. The main stars were on every talk show, it became one of the biggest shows in the history of Netflix, and perhaps most importantly, it announced the arrival of some of the most talented young actors in Hollywood. Sure, Season 2 will do insane business and prompt a fan frenzy all over again, but the strength of the talent behind this show will stretch far beyond the world of Hawkins, Indiana. Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, and Caleb McLaughlin make for a terrific trio, and I think that Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton will start to receive some major blockbuster offers in the near future. But there's no question who the real star of the show is- Millie Bobby Brown. With the character of Eleven, Brown became an instant sensation, and everyone in the industry knew that she would become a huge star. Six months after the debut of the sci-fi favorite, it looks like those predictions are finally coming true.

Millie Bobby Brown has officially signed on to star in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the sequel to 2014's Godzilla. That film, directed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Gareth Edwards, made $200.6 million in the US and just over $529 million worldwide, safely resurrecting the long dormant monster franchise. Godzilla is just one step in Warner's master plan for their monster characters, as all of this is currently building towards a Godzilla vs. Kong film in 2020. Step two of the plan goes into action in March of this year, when Jordan Vogt-Roberts' Kong: Skull Island debuts in theaters across the country. King of the Monsters will be directed by Michael Dougherty, the filmmaker behind Krampus and Trick 'R' Treat, from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Zach Shields, and Dougherty. Brown is currently the only cast member, which leads me to assume that she'll be the lead of the film. With Stranger Things, the 12 year-old actress proved that she was a once-in-a-generation prodigy, the kind of actress who could convey emotional depth effortlessly. I'm so excited that she's leading a franchise in desperate need of some gravitas, and I have no doubt that she'll knock it out of the park.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is currently set for a March 22, 2019 release date.

Image Credits: IMDB
Sources: Deadline, Box Office Mojo

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