'Godzilla' Casting: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Turned It Down While Henry Cavill Tops the Shortlist?

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Updates on the 'Godzilla' reboot have stormed the web as of late, the first instance earlier today in regards to the production start date, for which the studio is eyeing March, and the second for the ex-'Walking Dead' showrunner Frank Darabont stepping in to pen a final rewrite of the script. With all this talk swirling about, it's now being reported that the shortlist of names to take on the lead has surfaced from a number of sources. So which actors are getting the most buzz?

Let's break it down...

Back when news broke that the highly-in-demand Joseph Gordon-Levitt was offered the part of Peter Quill in 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' some thought he might end up turning it down, what with all the other offers he was getting. When THR reported their piece on  the latest 'Godzilla' production details, they revealed that the monster movie remake was one of these projects. However, this news quickly lit a fire online, which THR writer Borys Kit alleges was old news -- apparently the part was offered to Levitt back in November and was presumably turned down.

Before this rumor was almost immediately debunked, though, Variety writer Justin Kroll revealed his findings, tweeting that Henry Cavill of 'Man of Steel,' Scoot McNairy of 'Argo' and Caleb Landry Jones of 'X-Men: First Class' are also all up for 'Godzilla,' Cavill being a choice from the studio, and McNairy and Jones being creative choices. Right off the bat, it seems unlikely Cavill will take on the role if you factor in his Superman contract and the current festering rumors that he'll continue on as the 'Man of Steel' in the 'Justice League' movie.

As of press time, Legendary Pictures has not clarified any casting announcements, and most likely won't until the script is more solid. So for now, this talk remains just that -- talk.

Out of these pics, is there one you'd like to see take on the lead in 'Godzilla'? Let us know in the comments section below and give us your theories for the film.

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