The biggest battle of 2014 will be Godzilla vs. Walter White.
The new trailer for the upcoming “Godzilla” reboot begins with various shots of mammoth destruction along the Pacific Rim, while a frantic Bryan Cranston — in full “Breaking Bad” mode — yells, “It was not an earthquake, it wasn’t a typhoon…And it is going to send us back to the Stone Age. You have no idea what’s coming.”
Cranston plays a scientist bent on discovering the truth about the disasters, with his military son (“Kick-Ass” star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, buffer than ever) at his side.
The trailer also includes Ken Watanabe (“Batman Begins”) making allusions to a catastrophic event in 1954, which happens to be the year in which the original Toho film was released. Everything’s coming full circle, and it won’t be pretty.
As for Godzilla himself, the new film’s design is more traditional than the 1998 version, and he seems bigger than ever. Like “Jaws” and “Alien” before it, the trailer — which again employs Gyorgi Ligeti’s terrifying “Requiem,” famously used in “2001: A Space Odyssey” — keeps the monster largely out of sight, until a brief shot of his face toward the end.
Directed by Gareth Edwards, “Godzilla” boasts an impressive supporting cast, including Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn and Elizabeth Olsen.
Here’s the audio tease that was released before the trailer, featuring Cranston’s monologue:
“Godzilla” opens May 16.