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BC-Filmed MONARCH: LEGACY OF THE MONSTERS With Kurt & Wyatt Russell Premieres

Father-and-son Kurt and Wyatt Russell had fun promoting their role on BC-and-Hawaii- and-Tokyo filmed Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, now streaming its first two episodes on Apple TV+.

The duo stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live this week to talk about playing older-and-younger versions of the same character — Leland Lafayette Shaw III aka Lee Shaw.

What’s the series about?

Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans in San Francisco that was depicted in the BC-filmed 2014 blockbuster Godzilla,, the series explores one family’s journey to uncover its buried secrets and a legacy linking them to the secret organization known as Monarch.

Clues lead them into the world of monsters and ultimately down the rabbit hole to Army officer Lee Shaw (Wyatt Russell and Kurt Russell ), taking place in the 1950s and half a century later when Monarch is threatened by what Shaw knows.

The series spans three generations and reveals buried secrets.

And filmed in British Columbia, Hawaii and Tokyo.

We meet the younger Lee Shaw (Wyatt Russell) in the premiere.

Back in the 1950s, army officer Lee Shaw helped scientist Keiko (Mari Yamamoto) and Navy vet William Randa (Anders Holm as a younger version of John Goodman’s Kong: Skull Island character) track Titans in the South Pacific in hopes of discovering their origins.

Related: Kurt & Wyatt Russell In Vancouver This Summer & Fall to Film Apple TV+’s Godzilla & the Titans Series

We meet the older Lee Shaw (Kurt Russell) at the end of the second episode, seemingly a prisoner of Monarch.


Monarch: Legacy of Monsters – Season One.

Episodes: 10.

Working Titles: Godzilla & the Titans, Hourglass, Monarch.

BC filming dates: June 27 2022 – December 15 2022.

Related: Apple TV+ Series Godzilla and the Titans to Film in Vancouver This Summer/Fall

Showrunner: Chris Black.

Director of first two episodes: WandaVision’s Matt Shakman.

Cast: Kurt Russell, Wyatt Russell, Anna Sawai, Ren Watabe, Kiersey Clemons, Mari Yamamoto, Anders Holm Joe Tippett, Elisa Lasowski.

Others: John Goodman, Christopher Heyerdahl.

Producers: Legendary Television, Safehouse Pictures, Apple TV+.

Filming in Vancouver:

Monarch turned Ladner near Westham Island and the docks in Steveston into 1950s Manilla in the Philippines for scenes with Wyatt Russell’s army officer Lee Shaw.

Steveston docks:

Wyatt Russell as army officer Lee Shaw.

Mari Yamamoto as Dr. Keiko Miura.

Filming in Hawaii:

Most of the Skull Island in the South Pacific scenes were filmed in Hawaii.

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters is streaming on Apple TV+.

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