Godzilla Trailer Smashes Online

The beast is here at last

After the teases and viral pics, leaked footage and Comic-Con reactions, the new, Gareth Edwards-spawned version of Godzilla is finally ready to make his grand entrance in the shape of a trailer. Take a gander, but watch out for flying debris…

That said, when the big guy (assuming it is a guy this time) does make his appearance, he still prefers to stay cloaked in smoke and debris, so we’ll have to wait until release to see him in all his glory.

The movie itself looks appropriately huge in scope, with troopers leaping through smoke-choked skies towards the marauding monstoid and the rest of the cast giving the human scale. This opening footage of the troopers (set to music that sounds suspiciously like the Gyorgy Ligeti track used in 2001: A Space Odyssey) is quite beautiful, while most of the rest of this peek is taken from what was shown at Comic-Con in the summer.

Monsters Man Edwards is the director that Warner Bros. and Legendary have charged with this new stab at bringing the massive beast to Western audiences and scouring our collective memories of the Roland Emmerich take at the same time. "To me, he's like a force of nature, like the wrath of God or vengeance for the way we've behaved," Edwards tells USA Today. “I want it to be epic. I want to get the hairs on the back of your neck up.”

To react to the huge central figure, Edwards has gathered a cast that includes Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen. He’s also been handed a much heftier budget than his breakthrough first film. "It's the closest thing to being a god as I think there is in terms of a job you could have," he tells the paper. "You picture something one day and draw it, and the next day, it's physical and right there in front of you no matter how insane."

Godzilla stomps into UK cinemas on May 16.