It appears actor Dan Stevens will be the next Hollywood star to take on a giant lizard and a big ol’ gorilla. According to unconfirmed reports from Deadline on Thursday, the Legion star will reunite with director Adam Wingard on the next Legendary MonsterVerse film, which will likely 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.
Stevens will, according to Deadline, play the new monster movie’s human lead. No other news at this time about the movie’s plot or if any of the other main human actors from previous MonsterVerse installments will appear. 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) The untitled MonsterVerse film currently has no release date.
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