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WATCH: Terrifying International 'Godzilla' Trailer

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 18, 2014 at 6:38PM

"Don't fool with Mother Nature" is the terrifying theme of Warner Bros./Legendary's new Godzilla epic. Watch the new international trailer.
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Hollywood has always taken its pick of gifted young filmmakers to helm big-budget actioners. Sometimes it works--Christopher Nolan went from "Insomnia" to "Batman Begins," and the rest is history--and sometimes it doesn't, as "47 Ronin" attests.  

We will see how Legendary's hire of Brit VFX whiz Gareth Edwards (micro-budget "Monsters") to reboot "Godzilla" works out. Clearly, this is going to be one epic monster movie. 

"Now I have become death, the destroyer of worlds," intoned the voiceover on Comic-Con snippets of monstrous destructive dust-spewing footage. "It's very grounded and realistic," Edwards told Hall H. "What would it be like if this all really happened?"

The new international trailer below, which puts "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston front and center, is terrifying.  

Principal photography began March 18, 2013 (after long advance VFX prep) in Vancouver on Warner Bros./Legendary behemoth "Godzilla" with an all-star global cast: Cranston plays the stepfather of Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Elizabeth Olsen (in her first big-studio production) is his girlfriend. They star alongside Ken Watanabe--warning that we can't control Mother Nature--David Straithairn and Juliette Binoche (who just turned 50!). Of course the humans will be dwarfed by their super-size adversary. 

While movie fans the world over are all-too familiar with Godzilla, the star of more than 25 films, plus TV shows, books, and video games, something tells me that Mother Nature run amuck will hit the zeitgeist just right when the latest iteration hits stateside on May 16, 2014. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.