Warner Bros. revealed a plot summary for its and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla sequel film on Monday. The summary, below, confirms appearances by Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah — three classic kaiju from earlier Godzilla Films.
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
Principal photography began on Monday. Filming is primarily taking place in Atlanta, Georgia.
Other new cast members include:
- O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton)
- Aisha Hinds (Underground, Shots Fired, Under the Dome)
- Anthony Ramos (White Girl, Hamilton musical)
- Charles Dance (Game of Thrones)
- Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley)
- Bradley Whitford (The West Wing, Get Out, Transparent)
- Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs of a Geisha, Hero, The Grandmaster)
Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Letters from Iwo Jima, Inception) and Sally Hawkins (Paddington, Blue Jasmine) are returning from the 2014 film.
Michael Dougherty (Krampus) is directing the sequel, after co-writing the script with his Krampus writing partner Zach Shields. Dougherty previously led the writing room collaborators who brainstormed how to unite the current Godzilla and King Kong projects under Legendary’s “MonsterVerse” franchise.
Legendary announced the title Godzilla: King of Monsters in December, though the new press release does not mention a title. The film is slated for March 22, 2019. The planned Godzilla vs. Kong crossover film from director Adam Wingard is slated for May 22, 2020.
Source: Collider (Adam Chitwood)