Introducing the Cast of the 2014 "Godzilla" Movie

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American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a giant radioactive monster called Godzilla, a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast awakened from its slumber to wreak destruction on its creators. How can this monster be stopped?
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May 14th, 2014

The upcoming "Godzilla" film directed by Gareth Edwards is the first film in the franchise released in 10 years. It promises to be an explosive adventure that stays loyal to the origins of the classic monster. The fast-paced plot and realistic CGI are sure to contribute to this film's success. However, the talented actors hand-picked for their roles by Edwards himself are sure to be the most interesting feature of the monster movie. Here are some of the major cast members who appear in the film.

 

 

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays the role of Ford Brody, a U.S. Navy lieutenant who acts as the main protagonist in the film. The actor has played diverse roles prior to starring in "Godzilla," showcasing his skills in comedies, historical dramas and TV documentaries. He is best known for films like "Kick-Ass," "Kick-Ass 2," "The Illusionist" and "Savages."

 

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Elizabeth Olsen

Sister of the famous acting duo Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Elizabeth Olson has shown herself to be just as talented on screen as her sisters. In "Godzilla," Olsen plays Elle Brody, Ford's strong, beautiful wife. Olsen got her start in horror films, thrillers and romantic dramas. Her role in "Godzilla" is sure to catapult her to even greater success. Olsen delivered outstanding performances in "Silent House," "In Secret" and "Old Boy." She is also set to work again with Aaron Taylor-Johnson in "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

 

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Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston is a veteran actor who became well-known as the father of Malcolm on the hit TV series "Malcolm in the Middle." However, he had the chance to show his acting prowess as cancer-stricken chemistry teacher and heroin manufacturer Walter White on the AMC drama "Breaking Bad." This role earned him a Golden Globe and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. Cranston has the uncanny ability to capture the audience's heart and attention. His addition to the cast is sure to spell success for the movie. In "Godzilla," Cranston plays Joe Brody, Ford Brody's father and a renowned nuclear physicist.

 

 

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Ken Watanabe

This renowned actor plays Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, an important Japanese scientist in the "Godzilla." Watanabe is characterized by his serious persona and passionate performances. He displays his acting abilities in "The Last Samurai," "Batman Begins," "Inception" and many other films. Watanabe is a humble actor who is best known in Japan for his samurai roles. His acting reached a turning point in the emotional films "Letters From Iwo Jima" and "Memories of Tomorrow."

 

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Sally Hawkins

English actress Sally Hawkins plays Dr. Vivienne Graham, a scientist who works with Dr. Ishiro Serizawa. Hawkins is best known for her roles in romantic dramas, such as "Blue Jasmine," "Happy-Go-Lucky" and "Cassandra's Dream." Her role in "Godzilla" is likely to open the door to roles in future action films.

 

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Juliette Binoche

Binoche plays Sandy Brody, the nuclear regulations consultant at a nuclear plant and the mother of Ford Brody. The veteran actress has been starring in numerous films that span a variety of genres since the 1980s. She is best known for her roles in "The English Patient," Three Colors: Blue," "Summer Hours" and "Dan in Real Life." Juliette Binoche is known to fans for her spirited personality and her strong acting abilities, which have helped her to melt into varied roles. She won Academy Awards for her role in "The English Patient" and was nominated for another for her role in "Chocolat."

 

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David Strathairn

This actor has become one of the most applauded talents in Hollywood thanks to his incredibly versatile acting. In this version of "Godzilla," David Strathairn plays the tough, serious U.S. Navy Admiral William Stenz. The native Californian began his acting career in 1964, and he went on to star in dozens of titles over the decades. Some of his most familiar performances appear in "Lincoln," "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "Good Night, and Good Luck." His expansive repertoire is proof of his abilities. Fans agree that Edwards made a wise choice in casting Strathairn in such an important role. His performance is sure to be one of the most outstanding of the film.

In the 2014 reboot of "Godzilla," the iconic monster is portrayed as more than just a monster. Godzilla embodies the forces of nature itself as it rights the wrongs created by mankind. Like the monster, the characters in the film are also given depth. A talented cast is necessary to make this film click with audiences. "Godzilla" crashes into theaters on May 16, 2014, and it is sure to be an experience moviegoers do not soon forget.