Variety reports Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha star Zhang Ziyi has joined the cast of Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Ziyi’s character is said to be a significant figure within the covert Monarch organization — the company established in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla that was also (spoiler alert) featured during a post-credits stinger in Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island.
The actress joins Kyle Chandler and Millie Bobby Brown who lead the Godzilla sequel with Vera Farmiga. Anthony Ramos, Ken Watanabe, Randy Havens, Aisha Hinds, Thomas Middleditch, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins and Charles Dance are also set to appear.
Godzilla: King of Monsters is the third installment to the cinematic MonsterVerse from Legendary Pictures following Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island. With Gareth Edwards exiting the sequel to focus on a smaller feature following Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the new film is being directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus) from a script co-written by Dougherty and his Krampus partner Zach Shield. Alex Garcia will oversee development for Legendary.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters hits theaters on March 22, 2019, and will be followed by the fourth film in the MonsterVerse, Godzilla vs. Kong on May 22, 2020.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Godzilla: King of the Monsters as we learn it.
10 ‘Godzilla’ Kaiju That Need To Be In The MonsterVerse
With both 2014’s Godzilla and this year’s Kong: Skull Island managing to outperform expectations, the MonsterVerse from Legendary Pictures and Warner Brothers is off to a good start. That being said, there’s room for growth amongst the roster of kaiju – thus far, only five classic kaiju have been confirmed to exist in the MonsterVerse: Godzilla, King Kong, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah, and of those, we’ve only seen two of them in action. Should the series continue to succeed, the setting’s going to need more than original monsters like the M.U.T.O. and the Skullcrawlers – it will need to pull in some fan-favorite monsters from the classic creature features to keep things interesting. Here are ten of Toho’s best kaiju that would make fine additions to the MonsterVerse, with explanations of who they are and why they need to be a part of the setting.