Gareth Edwards discusses the tone of Godzilla

In issue 219 of Total Film magazine , we go on the Hawaii set of upcoming monster epic Godzilla .

Inside the issue - which is available for just £1.99 on your iPad (opens in new tab) - we chatted with director Gareth Edwards about taking on the giant lizard – and how he made his reboot just as much of a drama as a monster movie.

"It's given when you've got Godzilla that you're gonna have this giant, crazy spectacle," he tells Total Film.

"But to me, the carnage and desutrction are utterly pointless unless you care about the outcome, and you care about the people. It was like, 'Let's treat this like a really serious drama,' so I had to get the best actors."

Godzilla is out in cinemas on 16 May.

For more from Edwards and the set of Godzilla , pick up the brand new issue of Total Film , which is out now , and includes an exclusive look at Sabotage , Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and Maleficent , plus many more exciting new movies.

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