Godzilla reboot eyes Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson for lead role

Aaron Taylor-Johnson ( Anna Karenina , Savages ) is reportedly wanted by Legendary Pictures for the reboot of Godzilla .

The film is based on the iconic Japanese monster and will be directed by Brit Gareth Edwards ( Monsters ) .

Godzilla has had a number of big names linked to the lead role in recent weeks including Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Henry Cavill.

Taylor-Johnson is said to be the front runner, but he won't make a final decision until Frank Darabont finishes his re-write of the script .

Aaron Taylor-Johnson recently reprised his role in Kick Ass 2 (read our complete guide) and looks set to have a busy year.

Godzilla is due to begin production in March 2013 with a scheduled release date of 16 May 2014. This has 'summer blockbuster' bitten right into it!