It was just announced, that Apple’s untitled original live-action monster series has cast Kurt Russell and son Wyatt Russell! The new series is based upon Legendary’s monsterverse franchise that spawned Godzilla and Kong. They will star alongside an expanding ensemble cast that includes previously announced stars Anna Sawai, Ren Watabe, Kiersey Clemons, Joe Tippett and Elisa Lasowski. Get more details below.
From The Press Release
Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell board Apple Original live-action untitled monster series, based on Legendary’s Monsterverse franchise
· Apple TV+ today revealed that Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell (“Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “Under the Banner of Heaven”) have joined the cast of its upcoming Apple Original live-action monster series, a Legendary Television production based on Legendary’s Monsterverse franchise. They will star alongside an expanding ensemble cast that includes previously announced stars Anna Sawai, Ren Watabe, Kiersey Clemons, Joe Tippett and Elisa Lasowski.
· Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco and the shocking new reality that monsters are real, the untitled series will explore one family’s journey to uncover its buried secrets and a legacy linking them to the secret organization known as Monarch.
· Emmy Award-nominated director Matthew Shakman (“WandaVision,” upcoming “Star Trek” film, “The Great”) will direct the first two episodes and serve as executive producer on the untitled series, which is produced for Apple TV+ by Legendary Television and executive produced by co-creators Chris Black (“Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Outcast”), who serves as showrunner, and Matt Fraction (“Hawkeye”). The series is also executive produced by Safehouse Pictures’ Tory Tunnell (“Underground,” “King Arthur”) and Joby Harold (“Obi Wan Kenobe,” “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts”). Executive producing for Toho Co. Ltd. are Hiro Matsuoka and Takemasa Arita. Toho is the owner of Godzilla and other classic characters and has licensed the rights to Legendary for this series as a natural byproduct of their long-term relationship on the film franchise.
· Legendary’s Monsterverse is an expansive story universe of multi-layered experiences centering around humanity’s battle to survive in a world that is under siege by a catastrophic new reality – the monsters of our myths and legends are real. Beginning in 2014 with “Godzilla” and continuing with 2017’s “Kong: Skull Island,” 2019’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” and 2021’s “Godzilla vs. Kong,” Monsterverse films have accumulated close to two billion dollars globally at the box office and is ever expanding with the latest iteration being a new anime series, “Skull Island.”
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Kurt Russel Bio:
Kurt Russell has delivered memorable comedic and dramatic film performances since 1961, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and started his acting career at the age of 10. Russell worked with director John Carpenter on Escape From New York and Escape From L.A., in the role of Snake Plisskin. He also worked with Carpenter on the acclaimed telefilm Elvis, for which Russell received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination, and the features The Thing and Big Trouble in Little China. Russell’s most recent feature-film credits include Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Pete Berg’s Deepwater Horizon , Fast and Furious 8 and 9, Guardian’s of the Galaxy 2 and Christmas Chronicles 1 &2. Russell’s past starring roles include Mike Nichols’ Silkwood; Robert Zemeckis’ Used Cars; Jonathan Demme’s Swing Shift; Garry Marshall’s Overboard; Tequila Sunrise; Tango & Cash; Ron Howard’s Backdraft;Tombstone; Stargate; Executive Decision; Breakdown and Soldier. He has also starred in The Mean Season, The Best of Times, Winter People, Captain Ron, Unlawful Entry, Dark Blue, Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, Vanilla Skyand Poseidon.