Godzilla 2 May Be Adding A Straight Outta Compton Star

O'Shea Jackson Jr as Ice Cube in Straight Outta Compton

When Gozilla returns in 2019, the human faces who will be watching him wreak havoc will mostly be fresh. Aside from Ken Watanabe being expected to reprise Monarch scientist Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, all of the actors who've been announced for Godzilla 2, a.k.a Godzilla: King of the Monsters, have been brand new, and it looks like the next player who may be added to the sequel is Straight Outta Compton star O'Shea Jackson Jr.

Variety is reporting that O'Shea Jackson Jr. is currently in negotiations to join Godzilla: King of the Monsters' cast. As with the previous casting announcements, no details were provided on who Jackson would be playing. If a deal is reached, he would join a group that currently consists of Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown, Bloodline's Kyle Chandler and The Conjuring's Vera Farmiga. Production is scheduled to kick off this June, so expect the main cast to be rounded out before then.

O'Shea Jackson Jr., son of rapper Ice Cube, made his acting debut in 2015 with Straight Outta Compton, where he played his father from the late 1980s to the early 1990s as the movie charted the journey of rap group N.W.A. Jackson earned numerous accolades for that performance, which included winning an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and being nominated for an MTV Movie Award and a Black Reel Award. Fun fact, Jackson's Straight Outta Compton costars Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell have already appeared in fellow MonsterVerse tale Kong: Skull Island as Houston Brooks and Glenn Mills, respectively. In addition to his potential role in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Jackson is also appearing in Ingrid Goes West as Dan Pinto, and is currently shooting Den of Thieves.

2014's Godzilla reboot, the second fully Hollywood production centered around the gigantic reptile following the critically-derided 1998 movie, earned overall positive reception and took in nearly $530 million worldwide. It also served as the first entry of Warner Bros and Legendary Entertainment's MonsterVerse, a world where Godzilla and other towering beasts are starting to re-assert their dominance on Earth. Godzilla: King of the Monsters will mark the third entry in this series, coming two years Kong: Skull Island. Then in 2020, Godzilla and King Kong will face off against one another in Godzilla vs. Kong. Moving back to the Godzilla sequel, no plot details have been disclosed yet, but the Kong: Skull Island post-credits scene did hint at what may follow up the MUTOs as Godzilla's next monstrous adversary.

Directed by Krampus' Michael Dougherty and written by both Dougherty and Zach Shields, Godzilla: King of the Monsters rampages into theaters on March 22, 2019. Let us know what you think of O'Shea Jackson Jr. possibly joining the sequel's cast in the comments below.

Adam Holmes
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