Godzilla International Trailer Reveals New Footage

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Also: Godzilla toy shows monster design up close, director talks Akira

The international trailer for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla remake film began streaming on Tuesday with new footage. The film will premiere on May 16.

Edwards talked about what aspects of Japanese culture affected his film in an interview with Popular Mechanics:

I think one of the most visually breathtaking films ever made is Akira. In terms of films you're jealous you didn't make, Akira is in my top ten for sure. My concept designer, who worked on the movie and had a very big influence on the film and storyboards, it's his favorite graphic novel. We pulled all our favorite moments from Akira and had this library of reference, so whenever we got stuck, or we ever felt like a sequence wasn't inspired enough, or we didn't know exactly how to give it that edge to made it feel as epic as we could, we would always thumb through the Akira imagery and suddenly get a wave of excitement or a new direction. A lot of imagery from that film subconsciously or consciously affected this one. I'd never claim that our film is as good as that. It's just a strong piece of filmmaking. It's so brave with its storytelling.

The crew began shooting in Canada late last March. The film's cast lineup includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston, Richard T. Jones, Juliette Binoche, and Sally Hawkins. Akira Takarada, a veteran actor in the original 1954 film (as well as the sequels Mothra vs. Godzilla, Invasion of Astro-Monster, Godzilla Versus the Sea Monster, and Godzilla: Final Wars), appeared on the set last March.

A three-foot-long tie-in figure by JAKKS Pacific has also revealed the monster's full design, which has only been glimpsed at in the movie trailers. The figure will retail for US$49.99 and be available at Toys R' US retailers this week, followed by other stores in May. The figure was previously shown in January and artwork was briefly shown in an Amazon listing in November.

[Via IndieWire, MTV]

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