Giant monsters and evil zombies abound in the latest casting news out of Hollywood. Classic creatures of cinema are set to fight each other and create millions (perhaps billions) of dollars in property damage, while the Stephen King craze shows no signs of slowing down. Let's get right down to it, shall we?
First up, Deadpool 2's Julian Dennison (Russell/Firefist) has joined the cast of Legendary and Warner Brothers' Godzilla vs. Kong, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed. The two companies have been steadily working toward a shared "MonsterVerse" since 2014's Godzilla and teased us good about it at the end of 2017's Kong: Skull Island. Directed by Adam Wingard (Netflix's Death Note), the monster mash is on course for a theatrical release on May 22, 2020, meant to be a sequel to next year's Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Having nabbed a part in a Ryan Reynolds/Marvel blockbuster, Dennison, a 15-year-old New Zealand native, is on the rise, so expect big things from here on out.
Serving as a follow-up to Godzilla's updated 2014 debut, King of Monsters is directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus) and stars Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, and Kyle Chandler. The plot will revolve around the eponymous lizard, as he clashes with three of his most iconic adversaries: Mothra, Rodan, and the three-headed King Ghidorah. Currently, only Brown is confirmed to be starring in both King of Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong.
Next up, we're traveling to the horror-filled world of Stephen King, as Alien: Covenant actress Amy Seimetz has been added to Paramount's remake of Pet Sematary, reports Variety. She will play Rachel Creed, the wife of Louis Creed, a man who resurrects their dead son after he's killed in a car accident by burying the body in an ancient Indian burial ground. When their child comes back as an evil entity, however, they realize that they probably should have let him stay dead.
The project will be directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch (the duo behind Starry Eyes). Screenwriter Jeff Buhler hopes to get rid of some of the more campy elements from the iconic 1989 adaptation, recently telling Dread Central: "Our desire was to tell a really grounded, character-driven and psychologically horrific version of Pet Sematary, which in my belief, is the scariest book that King ever wrote.”
Along with Clarke and Seimetz, John Lithgow will portray Jud Crandall, the Creeds' aged neighbor, who introduces Louis to the evil burial site. Crandall was originally played by Fred Gwynne (The Munsters) in the first film.
The remake will be released on April 19, 2019.
And finally, American Gods on Starz has added three more roles for its upcoming second season, SYFY WIRE has confirmed. Dean Winters (Divorce, John Wick) has been cast as Mr. Town, Devery Jacobs (Cardinal, The Order) as Sam Black Crow, and Kahyun Kim (Shameless, Cassandra French’s Finishing School) as New Media. Town is described as "a strong believer in progress"; Crow is a "spiritually cynical" college student, who sells chainsaw art; and Media is the "goddess of global content" and replacement for Gillian Anderson's (The X-Files) regular Media goddess from Season 1.
Based on Neil Gaiman's 2001 novel of the same name, American Gods centers around a collection of old-word deities, who are attempting to cling to their power, as their religious bases decline in favor of newer gods that better reflect modern society.
Season 2 of the show is set to return sometime in 2019. The story will follow Mr. Town as he's sent by Mr. World (Crispin Glover) to find out what Shadow (Ricky Whittle) knows regarding Mr. Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) plan.