First look at Apple’s upcoming Godzilla series

Last year, Apple unveiled its collaborative venture with Legendary for a streaming series set within the company’s Monsterverse, an ambitious endeavour to resurrect King Kong and Godzilla in a captivating live-action universe. Although a trailer and premiere date remain elusive, a tantalizing glimpse and essential insights into the forthcoming kaiju show have surfaced.

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Titled “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters,” the ten-episode series appears to unfold subsequent to the cataclysmic aftermath of the 2014 Godzilla film that left San Francisco in ruins. It also ventures back to the enigmatic Monarch group’s formative years in the 1950s. A compelling narrative twist is introduced as the show interweaves the experiences of a military officer named Lee Shaw across these disparate temporal settings. Notably, the roles of Shaw at various life stages will be portrayed by the accomplished duo of Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell.

The creative helm of the show is jointly steered by Chris Black, renowned for his production work on “Severance,” and Matt Fraction, celebrated for his contributions to the acclaimed “Hawkeye” series. Complementing the ensemble, the cast includes Anna Sawai, Kiersey Clemons, Ren Watabe, Mari Yamamoto, Anders Holm, Joe Tippett, and Elisa Lasowski.

While Apple has refrained from disclosing the series’ streaming timeline, the unveiling of its name and visual glimpses implies that the eagerly anticipated trailer and release date are on the horizon. “Legacy of Monsters” marks a strategic stride in the Monsterverse’s expansion beyond the cinematic realm. This trajectory includes the recent addition of the animated Skull Island series on Netflix.

Here is the full synopsis:

“Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco and the shocking revelation that monsters are real, Monarch: Legacy of Monsters tracks two siblings following in their father’s footsteps to uncover their family’s connection to the secretive organization known as Monarch.

Clues lead them into the world of monsters and ultimately down the rabbit hole to Army officer Lee Shaw (played by Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell), taking place in the 1950s and half a century later where Monarch is threatened by what Shaw knows. The dramatic saga — spanning three generations — reveals buried secrets and the ways that epic, earth-shattering events can reverberate through our lives.”