Elizabeth Olsen reveals Godzilla’s tone

We reported a few days ago that Elizabeth Olsen was in the running for the Legendary reboot of Godzilla along with Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston. With production due to start next month, Olsen had a few words to say about the project while on the red carpet of last night’s BAFTA awards.

“It’s definitely not light-hearted,” the Martha Marcy May Marlene star said. “It’s kind of going back to its roots of the original Japanese film.”

The original movie she speaks of (Gojira) was used by director Ishiro Honda as a message of nuclear war and the devastation it can bring. Incredibly dark in tone and presented with gritty realism, it was a stark contrast to films that would come after it such as Son of Godzilla and Godzilla vs. Megalon where he was presented as a world protector.

Ever since he was announced as director, Gareth Edwards (Monsters) has talked about taking Godzilla back to his roots and screen writer Frank Darabont (The Mist) has also confirmed the film’s darker tone. Suffice to say it sounds like a completely different movie to the 1998 Roland Emmerich American remake.

Legendary Picture’s Godzilla reboot is set for release next year to mark the 60th anniversary of the character.