Mike Dougherty, director on the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters, had a little bit of Twitter fun today in announcing the film’s monster roster. Dougherty posted a picture of the film’s daily call sheet casting section, except the only names visible were Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan. The list of names seems to confirm which classic Japanese monster movie creatures will leap onto the big screen when King of the Monsters hits theaters next year.
— Mike Dougherty (@Mike_Dougherty) June 26, 2017
The call sheet confirms that the four monsters will be rendered using computer-generated visual effects, which should come as no surprise. While monsters like Godzilla and Rodan were first introduced to audiences back in the ‘50s as rubber suit-clad actors plodding around replica cities, there was no doubt the modern interpretations of the creatures would be presented using VFX. Here’s a quick reminder of what those monsters originally looked like, though:
Dougherty’s tweet also confirms that King of the Monsters is still early into filming (only six days in), which might explain the R’s next to Godzilla, King Ghidorah and Rodan, as well as the SW next to Mothra’s name. The letter R on a daily call sheet is an abbreviation for “rehearsal,” which denotes an actor has been called to the set for work but will not be shooting a scene. The abbreviation SW, on the other hand, stands for “starts work,” which means it is the actor’s first day on set. The abbreviations are a nice, realistic touch, but presently don’t reveal anything of substance about the production of King of the Monsters or the order in which monsters might appear in the film.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the follow-up to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 film Godzilla, which was the first Godzilla film produced in the West since Roland Emmerich’s 1998 film by the same name that starred Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo and Hank Azaria. Godzilla: King of the Monsters shares its name with the American adaptation of the original Godzilla film that released in 1956 (the Japanese version released two years prior). The new film, slated to release next year, will tie in with Legendary and Warner Bros.’ MonsterVerse cinematic universe and precede the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong, which will see the Godzilla and King Kong duke it out for supremacy.
Releasing in theaters on March 22, 2019, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a production of Legendary Entertainment directed by Michael Dougherty and starring Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds and Zhang Ziyi.
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