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‘Godzilla’ Reboot: Will Aaron Taylor-Johnson Dodge Those Giant Reptile Feet?

‘Godzilla’ Reboot: Will Aaron Taylor-Johnson Dodge Those Giant Reptile Feet?‘Godzilla’ Reboot: Will Aaron Taylor-Johnson Dodge Those Giant Reptile Feet?

EXCLUSIVE: Legendary Pictures is eyeing Kick-Ass star Aaron-Taylor Johnson to star in Godzilla, the Gareth Edwards-directed reboot of the franchise based on the iconic Japanese reptile. I’m told that Johnson, who starred in the Oliver Stone-directed Savages and Anna Karenina and followed by reprising in Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Wall is the frontrunner for the job. He won’t make a final decision on whether or not to take the offer until he sees the final polish that Frank Darabont is writing based on the Max Borenstein script.

‘Godzilla’ Reboot: Will Aaron Taylor-Johnson Dodge Those Giant Reptile Feet?‘Godzilla’ Reboot: Will Aaron Taylor-Johnson Dodge Those Giant Reptile Feet?

Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are taking the creative lead on this project — they just put Mary Parent on after she became a producer of Pacific Rim — and Warner Bros is distributing everywhere except for Japan. There, rightsholders Toho will handle the release. While there has obviously been a legal dust-up in the producing ranks, the film is still on course to begin production in March, with the film dated for a May 16, 2014 release. If he takes the gig, Johnson could well have a second franchise, not at all a bad thing for a young actor. He’s repped by WME and Brillstein, and Christian Hodell in the UK.

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