In what promises to be a fascinating blend of family dynamics and cinematic artistry, Hollywood veteran Kurt Russell teams up with his son, Wyatt, for Apple TV+'s anticipated series, "Monarch: Legacy of Monsters." Revealed on Thursday, this fresh addition to the Godzilla monster-verse distinctly spotlights both actors playing the same role.
Set across different time periods, the series introduces us to Army officer Lee Shaw. The young 1950s Lee is personified by Wyatt, while a more seasoned version, half a century later, is portrayed by Kurt. The narrative ambitiously stretches across three generations, giving viewers an in-depth glimpse into the enigmatic Monarch organization – a cornerstone in the Godzilla lore.
Monarch's Legacy Meets Godzilla
The new series seamlessly integrates into the universe established by the films: "Godzilla" (2014), "Kong: Skull Island" (2017), "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" (2019), and "Godzilla vs.
Kong" (2021). At its heart is a tale of two siblings, determined to unravel their lineage's ties to Monarch. Their journey inevitably intersects with Lee Shaw's legacy. Supporting this central story are performances by Anna Sawai, Kiersey Clemons, Ren Watabe, Mari Yamamoto, Anders Holm, Joe Tippett, and Elisa Lasowski.
The series' conception stems from the creative minds of Chris Black ("Severance") and Matt Fraction ("Hawkeye"), with Matt Shakman ("Wandavision") taking the helm for the first two episodes. For Marvel enthusiasts, the Russell pairing is an exciting nod to the cinematic universe.
Kurt etched an unforgettable presence as Ego in "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2" and revisited the character in Disney+'s animated series, "What If...?" On the other hand, Wyatt, who stepped into the shoes of John Walker in "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," is set to don the role again in the forthcoming "Thunderbolts" movie.
Recent memory also recollects Kurt's appearance in the blockbuster "Fast & Furious" installment, "F9," in 2021. Meanwhile, Wyatt showcased his acting prowess in FX's 2022 limited series, "Under the Banner of Heaven." While audiences eagerly await a premiere date for "Monarch: Legacy of Monsters," they can satiate their curiosity with the captivating first-look images now available.