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Elizabeth Olsen Confirms She'll Star In Godzilla Reboot

Elizabeth Olsen's rise to fame has been positively meteoric. Sure, she appeared as herself in a few of her sisters' Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley videos, but then she took time off to grow up and study her craft. In 2011, she re-emerged to shock and awe audiences with the haunting indie drama Martha Marcy May Marlene and the chilling horror-thriller Silent House. Since then she has stolen Josh Radnor's heart in Liberal Arts, toyed with the dark side of psychic phenomena in Red Lights, and delved into the Beat Generation with Kill Your Darlings.

Having recently wrapped on Spike Lee's Oldboy, news arose that Olsen was in talks for another remake of an even more iconic work of Eastern cinema: Godzilla. Olsen confirmed her casting at the BAFTAs yesterday. Check out the video below to see what she has to say about Godzilla's resurrection.

Godzilla being lighthearted? That's literally laughable to Olsen, who instead says this reboot is "kind of going back to its roots of the original Japanese film." What she means by this comment is difficult to decide since nothing is known about the reboot's plot.

We do know that Walking Dead developer/The Shawshank Redemption screenwriter Frank Darabont is currently revising the latest draft of the screenplay. So, "lighthearted" is a word no one should rationally expect will apply to this Godzilla. Also, this massive creature feature will be helmed by Gareth Edwards, who first drew notice for the eerie and gritty indie thriller Monsters. Besides that, both Aaron Taylor Johnson and Bryan Cranston are said to be up for roles in this reboot. So on paper, it's looking pretty enticing. With production slated to kick off in March, we should get further casting confirmations soon.

Godzilla is expected to hit theaters on May 16, 2014.

Staff writer at CinemaBlend.