In a moment where I was delighted in that it was finally happening, Apple TV+ previously ordered a live-action series from Legendary Television that ties into the Monsterverse films that it’s been working for the past several years. I’ve said for awhile that a good Monarch-based TV series would be a fantastic route to explore and it looks like this may be it. Details are light at the moment but it ties into things that began in 2014 with Godzilla and continued in 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and 2021’s Godzilla vs. Kong.
We’re still waiting on more to be revealed about it, but the first round of casting has come out via The Wrap. According to their information, the cast includes:
- Anna Sawai (“Pachinko,” “F9”)
- Ren Watabe (“461 Days of Bento”)
- Kiersey Clemons (“Zack Snyder’s Justice League”)
- Joe Trippett (“Mare of Easttown,” “The Morning Show”)
- Elisa Lasowski (“Versailles”)
Sawai will star as Cate, a former schoolteacher and a G-Day survivor, who 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, per the streamer.
Watabe has been cast in the role of Kentaro, 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 will portray 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 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.
Lasowski has been cast 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.
Monsterverse films have accumulated close to two billion dollars globally at the box office and the next thing up that we know about is a new anime series, “Skull Island.”
The untitled series will be produced by Legendary Television and executive produced by co-creators Chris Black (“Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Outcast”), who will also serve as showrunner, and Matt Fraction (“Hawkeye”), alongside Safehouse Pictures’ Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell, and Toho Co., Ltd. Hiro Matsuoka and Takemasa Arita will executive produce for Toho. Toho is the owner of the Godzilla character and has licensed the rights to Legendary for this series as a natural byproduct of their long-term relationship on the film franchise.
Plot Concept: Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco and the shocking new reality that monsters are real, the series explores one family’s journey to uncover its buried secrets and a legacy linking them to the secret organization known as Monarch.