Godzilla David Strathairn

With Godzilla about to begin principle photography, the cast is getting rounded out, and the latest to sign up is David Strathairn, who most recently was in Lincoln, and has been one of Hollywood’s finest character actors for decades.

This comes from Variety, and Strathairn would be joining Aaron Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche and Bryan Cranston if everyone agrees to how much they’ll get paid. They’ll be directed by Gareth Edwards, with a script that’s most recently been worked over by Frank Darabont. It’s apparent from the decisions regarding the cast that the big star of Godzilla will be the creature itself, so it’s nice to see that they are going with quality actors, versus — say, Matthew Broderick and Maria Pitillo.

Strathairn is likely a “that guy” for many people, but he’s built up a strong resume over the last thirty years. He got his first role in John Sayles’ Return of the Secaucus Seven and has been in many of Sayles’ films for the last three decades (including The Brother from Another Planet, Matewan, and Limbo), but broke out in the mainstream with his role in Sneakers as the blind hacker. More recently, he was nominated for best actor for his work in Good Night and Good Luck, and has also appeared in the later Bourne sequels.  He’s also one of those performers who is always good, so his casting is great news.

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