Kurt Russell Hints at Family Cameos in 'Monarch: Legacy of Monsters'

Exploring deep family ties in a mythic universe

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Kurt Russell Hints at Family Cameos in 'Monarch: Legacy of Monsters'
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In the Apple TV+ series "Monarch: Legacy of Monsters," Kurt Russell and his son Wyatt Russell share more than familial bonds - they portray the same character, Army officer Lee Shaw, across different timelines. Despite their compelling on-screen chemistry, Kurt reveals that fans shouldn't expect more family cameos in the series' future seasons.

While attending a Television Academy event at the Wolf Theatre in Los Angeles, Kurt confirmed to PEOPLE that neither his longtime partner Goldie Hawn nor his stepchildren, Oliver Hudson and Kate Hudson - accomplished actors - will join the cast.

He emphasizes the importance of maintaining professional independence in their careers: "We all have our own worlds and our own lives in those careers, and I think everybody kind of keeps it that way," he stated. Kurt praises the unique experience of working with family when it occurs organically, referencing his projects with Hawn and the Hudsons, such as the Netflix hit "The Christmas Chronicles." However, he describes avoiding family casting as a mere "trick" to gather onscreen, advocating for a more authentic approach to storytelling.

Monarch: Generational Echoes

"Monarch: Legacy of Monsters" marks the first live-action TV continuation of the famed MonsterVerse. It follows siblings portrayed by Anna Sawai and Ren Watabe as they delve into their family’s connections with the mysterious organization Monarch.

Kurt shares the spotlight with Wyatt, who plays a younger Lee in flashback scenes that are pivotal to the series' narrative. Kurt's portrayal of Lee was profoundly influenced by Wyatt's performance, which he found so transformative that it altered his own approach to the character.

"It really hit me that this is not a father-son thing. This is the same person," Kurt told PEOPLE, reflecting on his need to adapt based on his son's portrayal. In a conversation with Variety, Wyatt shared insights into the complexities of mirroring his father's portrayal, noting the necessity of shedding his more laid-back demeanor to embody Lee Shaw authentically.

Regarding the intriguing possibility of both versions of Lee meeting within the series, Kurt teases that while there's potential for this twist, it would only occur if it naturally fits the storyline: "There's a possibility of making something happen for a year and a half now," he speculated at the Monarch event.

"Monarch: Legacy of Monsters" is currently available for streaming on Apple TV+, inviting viewers into a rich narrative woven with personal and monstrous entanglements alike.

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