Last night at the 2013 BAFTA Awards, Elizabeth Olsen gave a red carpet interview confirming that she will star in the upcoming 3D remake of Godzilla from director Gareth Edwards. It sounds like a big departure for Elizabeth, who was nominated for the BAFTA for EE Rising Star. She’s become known for separating herself from her famous sisters (Mary-Kate and Ashley, duh) by starring in indie dramas like Martha Marcy May Marlene and Liberal Arts. It always impresses me that I’m able to watch and hear about Elizabeth without Passport to Paris playing on a loop in my head. That says a lot.
Even though Elizabeth tries to claim that Godzilla is going to be a “very heavy drama” and a “different take” on the story, the fact that it’s a 3D movie about a huge lizard attacking a city sets it apart from touchy-feely dramedies and movies about cults. So it begs the question of whether Elizabeth will be able to make the transition from indie darling to blockbuster starlet. In other words, will she be able to replace Jennifer Lawrence in our hearts (or at least lead us to make room)?
Jennifer has had a similar career trajectory to Elizabeth. After gaining indie cred for Winter’s Bone, Jennifer moved on to bigger franchises like X-Men and — what’s the name of that other movie? Something about kids killing each other? Oh, yeah, The Hunger Games. When J. Law went to the Oscars in 2011 when she was nominated for Winter’s Bone, everyone was like, “Oh, there’s that indie girl. Now what bird’s nest is Helena Bonham Carter wearing this evening?” But now that she’s Katniss Everdeen she’s on most of young female America’s girl crush list. Oh, you don’t have one of those? Weird.
So will Godzilla put Elizabeth on even more of those lists? Based solely on the video below, she seems like a sweetheart, so I don’t think battling a giant reptile will hurt. Unless you like giant reptiles, in which case, awkward.
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