Godzilla Resurgence—“Shin Gojira” in Japan—will reboot the Godzilla series with a brand new design for the legendary King of the Monsters and mark a return to the series’ roots as an allegory for the horrors of war and nuclear weapons… but who will breath into this most famous of beasts? According to several sources close to the movie’s production, none other then director and creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Hideaki Anno, will take up the monstrous mantle in shots that use a traditional rubber suit, rather than CG or models.
While it is surprising that the fifty-five-year-old Anno would take on such a rigorous role, he is actually no stranger to the world of tokusatsu films and television and is a lifelong fan of the genre, having even played Ultraman in a student film shot during his college days. “My only redeeming quality is my ability to make animation and movies. So I want to continue doing interesting work in that field, but at the same time, as I’m in my mid-50s, I want to express my gratitude towards the animation and tokusatsu works that inspired me as a child,” spoke Anno in a 2014 interview when asked about his love of animation. “Sure, someday I’d love to get back into the fray, but for now I think I need to hang back and let the younger generation have their fun.”
This will not be the first time that Godzilla has been played by a non-professional on the big screen, as, in both the 1998 film Godzilla and the 2014 American reboot film of the same name, the great beast was portrayed by a lifeless blob of CG and poorly thought-out ideas. This will also mark Anno’s second time on camera in a rubber suit, with the first being the role of Evangelion Unit-01 in little known live-action version of Rebuild of Evangelion 1.11, said to exist only on a single DVD locked somewhere in the deep underground vaults of Studio Khara’s headquarters, where it will remain safely sealed away for all eternity.
Godzilla Resurgence opens in Japanese theaters in July, while Evangelion 3.0+1.0, Anno’s project prior to this film, will open sometime between then and the end of time.