Video settings

Please Log in to update your video settings

Video will begin in 5 seconds.

Recommended

Replay video

Video settings

Please Log in to update your video settings

Trailer: Godzilla

A giant radioactive monster called Godzilla appears to wreak destruction on mankind.

PT2M25S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-33gxu 620 349

"You have no idea what's coming," says a panicked Bryan Cranston as scientist Joe Brody in the reboot of Godzilla, which is set to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the year.

But with the release of the second full trailer of the $160 million disaster epic today, moviegoers actually do have more of an idea what's ahead, with more glimpses of the cast and the city-smashing radioactive lizard.

Producers hope that the movie, a joint creation between Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures, will resurrect Godzilla in the same way that Legendary did with the Batman franchise in the 2005 film Batman Begins.

As well as a frantic Cranston, the trailer includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson as his son, Ford, and Elizabeth Olsen as Ford's wife. It also gives a hint of some of the catastrophic scenes left in the wake of the titular character, with San Francisco and Las Vegas getting flattened by the rampaging reptile.

Heading the production is British director Gareth Edwards, in his first major feature since his acclaimed breakthrough in 2010 with indie sci-fi thriller Monsters. Edwards has said that the original 1954 Japanese thriller was at the core of their approach to this new version and a drive to make it seem "real".

"My main idea was to imagine, 'If this really happened, what would it be like?'. I wanted to take a grounded, realistic approach to a Godzilla film," he said.

The most recent version appeared in 1998, directed by Independence Day and White House Down's Roland Emmerich and starring Matthew Broderick. Widely panned by critics, it still pulled in $380 million worldwide.

As well as the top-notch cast for this year's epic, The Shawshank Redemption writer-director Frank Darabont has been brought in to polish the script, who said he has aimed for a "compelling human drama".

Released in Australia on May 15, a day ahead of its US outing, Godzilla also boasts respected film names Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins. 

The film's marketing machine is gradually cranking up, with the first trailer released in December, and an audio teaser of Cranston, again in panic mode, entitled "Awaken the Truth" out yesterday.

And the merchandising juggernaut is well underway, with toys, collectibles, large-scale figures and kids and adult costumes on the cards.