Plot unveiled for next Godzilla movie as filming begins today

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Jun 19, 2017, 8:58 PM EDT (Updated)

The follow-up to 2014's Godzilla just started shooting, and we've got confirmation of some really BIG plot points.

If you saw Kong: Skull Island earlier this year, then you know that a post-credits scene at the end of the movie teased not just the return of Godzilla, but also the arrival of some of his classic foes/allies from the glory days of the original Toho film series -- namely Rodan, Mothra, and the old three-headed pain in the neck(s) himself, King Ghidorah.

Well, filming on the second Godzilla film (which is untitled at the moment) has just gotten underway, and Warner Bros. Pictures has released the official synopsis, which confirms the arrival of that terrible trio:

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.

Of course we can't wait to see what the new designs look like for these kaiju (hopefully they're more or less faithful updates to the originals), and the whole thing sounds like a real throwback to the monster rallies that Toho made into an art form in the 1960s. The Monarch agency from both Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island is on board as well to tie all this together and set the stage for Godzilla vs. Kong a few years from now.

The new Godzilla movie is being directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus), from a script he wrote with Zach Shields. The movie stars returning Godzilla cast members Ken Watanabe (Inception) and Sally Hawkins, plus new additions Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring), Kyle Chandler (Super 8), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Bradley Whitford (Get Out), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and several more.

Principal photography is taking place mainly in Atlanta, so keep those cameras handy if you're down there! The movie is set to arrive in March 2019. Sound off below with your thoughts on seeing Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah on the screen again...