When we spoke with Juliette Binoche at the Berlin International Film Festival, our conversation touched on directors she’s worked with like Michael Haneke, Anthony Minghella, Leos Carax, Abbas Kiarostami and Bruno Dumont (she stars in that director’s latest “Camille Claudel 1915“). But we suppose arthouse movies only pay so much, or perhaps she just wants a complete change of pace and a brand new experience, because the actress is now stepping into her first bonafide studio blockbuster.
Variety reports that Binoche — yes, Juliette Binoche — is in negotiations to join “Godzilla.” What. The. Fuck. That’s cool, but wow, something we just were not expecting at all. Anyway, plot details on Gareth Edwards’ movie are being kept secret for now, but the trade does note that Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are also working out deals, though there is no mention of the previously linked Bryan Cranston. This isn’t the first time Binoche has been approached for a blockbuster — Steven Spielberg famously wanted her to lead “Jurassic Park,” but she turned it down to do Krzysztof Kieślowski‘s “Three Colors: Blue.” Hard to fault her there.
More Binoche is not a bad thing at all, but we’re still wrapping our heads around this a little bit. “Godzilla” is expected to stomp into theaters next year.