Crouching Tiger's Zhang Ziyi joins growing Godzilla: King of the Monsters cast

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Jun 9, 2017, 11:47 AM EDT (Updated)

The 2014 Godzilla film, which kicked off a budding "Monsterverse" that will ultimately give us a Godzilla vs. Kong showdown in 2020, had an impressive cast. Sure, it was a return to destructive form for its colossal star, but the King of the Monsters' co-stars included Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins and Juliette Binoche. That's quite a line-up, but the sequel — 2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters — is doing its level best to top it.

In the last month alone we've learned that Hawkins will be back for another go-round the Monsterverse, and that the film has added Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch and The West Wing and Get Out star Bradley Whitford. Now another big name is joining up: Zhang Ziyi.

One of the biggest stars of the 21st century in her native China, Zhang's also had tremendous international success thanks in part to major genre films that found an American audience. Her breakout role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon earned her worldwide fame, and it was followed by roles in House of Flying Daggers, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Grandmaster and more. She's an extremely accomplished dramatic actress who can also carry blockbusters and draw audiences outside of the U.S., making her a tremendous asset to the film.

This is certainly not news to the filmmakers, who have apparently already tapped Zhang for more than just one film. While her role in King of the Monsters has not yet been revealed, Zhang will be sticking around for additional films in the Monsterverse, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That puts her on track to be a part of Godzilla vs. Kong as well, adding interest to what's already a very intriguing project. We can expect more reveals about who will stay in the greater Monsterverse in the months to come, but Zhang certainly adds a nice bit of momentum in the meantime.

Zhang, Middleditch, Hawkins and Whitford join a cast that already included Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Charles Dance and Anthony Ramos. Godzilla: King of the Monsters, directed by Michael Dougherty from a script he co-wrote with Zach Shields, hits theaters March 22, 2019.