On Thursday, Joe Otterson at Variety revealed that Apple’s upcoming MonsterVerse/Godzilla streaming series has added its primary human cast. We already knew that the series would take place immediately following the 2014 Godzilla movie, but Otterson reports that it will specifically follow one family uncovering their link to Monarch.
As for the cast, the series will star Anna Sawai (F9), Kiersey Clemons (Zack Snyder’s Justice League), Elisa Lasowski (Game of Thrones), Ren Watabe (461 Days of Bento), and Joe Tippett (The Morning Show).
Unlike most early casting announcements/reveals, Otterson was also able to provide names and descriptions for each of the characters.
Sawai (“Pachinko,” “F9”) will star as Cate, a former schoolteacher and a G-Day survivor. She travels to Japan to settle family affairs but instead uncovers a family secret. Tired of running from her problems, she is determined to find answers.
Watabe (“461 Days of Bento”) will play Kentaro, described as an intelligent, creative and curious young man who has yet to find his own path. He will embark on a quest to learn more about his revered yet mysterious father and discover his own talents in the process.
Clemons (“Hearts Beat Loud,” “The Young Wife”) stars as May, an American ex-pat with a roguish exterior that she uses to protect herself as well as others. Whether it be deciphering a code or finding the loophole, she is always three steps ahead of everyone around her.
Tippett (“Mare of Easttown,” “The Morning Show,” “Rise”) stars as Tim, an office drone who dreams of secret agent adventure. His overconfidence gets him in trouble in the field, but he is determined not to fail his organization.
Finally, Lasowski (“Versailles”) will appear as Duvall, an expert operative with unwavering confidence in herself and her skills. She also possesses a wry sense of humor, which she uses to guide her less field-oriented colleague.
From those descriptions, Sawai’s character Cate appears to be the obvious series lead. It also looks like her story will intertwine with Watabe’s. It’s not entirely clear whose side Clemons’ character will be on, but I think we can safely assume that Tippett and Lasowski will be playing Monarch agents.
Now let’s hope we get word soon on what type of kaiju will appear in the series.
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