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Vera Farmiga describes role in Godzilla sequel as 'DJ for the monsters'

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Jul 12, 2018

There has not been a whole lot of information revealed yet about Godzilla, King of the Monsters, but one of the movie's stars has just shared an intriguing description of her character.

Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring) plays a paleobiologist named Dr. Emma Russell in the sequel to 2014's Godzilla, and she told Metro that during the course of the film, her work in kaiju communications pays off in a big way:

“She has figured out a way to communicate with the creatures and potentially control them using their bioacoustics on a sonar level. So she is like a DJ for the monsters.”

How, why, and with what methods Dr. Russell contacts the film's monstrous stars remains under wraps for now. But could it be reasonable to assume that she directly communicates with Godzilla and perhaps guides him as he battles the other classic kaiju -- like Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah -- that the film is introducing?

The idea is not so outlandish, especially in the context of kaiju movies. For example, Miki Saegusa (played by Megumi Odaka) was a recurring character who communicated psychically with Godzilla in six Japanese kaiju movies from 1989's Godzilla vs. Biollante through 1995's Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.

Farmiga -- whose daughter and husband in the movie are played by Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) and Kyle Chandler (First Man) respectively -- also said that she has another day of additional photography to do for the project (which wrapped principal photography last September) and that it isn't, to her thinking, a "film about monsters":

"It is a film about saving the environment. When it comes down to it that’s what emerged to me off the written page, and so I find that there has to be a little parable in it that makes me interested."

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is part of the new kaiju monster-verse that was launched with Godzilla in 2014, continued last year with Kong: Skull Island, and will follow in 2020 with Godzilla vs. Kong. Directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus), King of the Monsters also stars Bradley Whitford, O'Shea Jackson, Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins -- the latter duo reprising their roles from Godzilla.

The picture doesn't open until next May but we can expect to get our first real look at it next week in San Diego, during Warner Bros.' big Hall H presentation at Comic-Con.