It appears actor Dan Stevens will be the next Hollywood star to take on a giant lizard and a big ol’ gorilla. According to a press release on Thursday, the Legion star will reunite with director Adam Wingard on the next Legendary MonsterVerse film, which will be a direct sequel to 2021’s Godzilla vs. Kong. The actor-director combo previously worked together on the excellent 2014 thriller The Guest, for which Stevens got ripped as all hell. The currently untitled film will release on March 15, 2024.
Stevens will join other new cast members including Fala Chen (Shang-Chi), Alex Ferns (The Batman), and Rachel House (Thor: Ragnarok). Returning cast members from Godzilla vs. Kong will include Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, and Kaylee Hottle.
The movie will be “an all-new cinematic adventure, pitting the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence – and our own.” The press release goes on to say the new movie will “delve further into the histories of these Titans, their origins, and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind forever.”
Godzilla vs. Kong was the first in the franchise to pit the two titans against each other. Godzilla previously starred in Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla and Mike Dougherty’s 2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters; Kong had previously led Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ 2017 movie Kong: Skull Island.
Stevens has worked a whole lot in the past few years, from Disney’s Beauty in the Beast live-action remake to Netflix’s Eurovision Song Contest. You can currently see him as White House Counsel John Dean in the Starz limited series Gaslit. Prior to Godzilla vs. Kong, Wingard also directed 2016’s Blair Witch and 2017’s Death Note.
More news of the two big battlers and their Hollow Earth exploits as we hear them. Who knows what other massive beasties might show up in the next installment. (We’re holding out hope our girl Mothra comes back. We need her in our lives, please. #Justice4Mothra) As mentioned, the untitled MonsterVerse film will reportedly release in 2024.
Originally published June 30, 2022.
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