Zhang Ziyi, who will also battle aliens in the third Cloverfield, God Partical, is set join Legendary’s Monsterverse in a major franchise role, beginning with Godzilla: King of the Monsters, reports Variety. The Beijing-born actress will star opposite Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, and Ken Watanabe.
The film is set several years after the events of the 2014 Godzilla, and her character is a significant figure within the covert Monarch organization established in that film.
Trick ‘r Treat and Krampus helmer Michael Dougherty is directing the project from a script he penned with Zach Shields.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters hits theaters on March 22, 2019, with the monster mash-up Godzilla vs. Kong, being directed by Adam Wingard, slated to bow the following year on May 22, 2020.
As Variety notes, Zhang received Golden Globe award, BAFTA award and Screen Actors Guild award nominations for her role in Memoirs of a Geisha. Additional film credits include Hero, House of Flying Daggers, 2046, and The Grandmaster.