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New trailer for Godzilla offers awe-inspiring glimpses at the giant beast

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Mankind is in trouble in this epic new trailer for Godzilla, as we get a closer look at the enormous, mutated beast.

Monsters director Gareth Edwards is behind this reboot, and a key line of dialogue indicates one of the ways in which he's tweaked the Godzilla myth for a modern audience. It comes in reference to nuclear tests in 1954 (the year in which the franchise was itself born), as Oscar-nominee Sally Hawkins gravely intones, "They weren't nuclear tests... They were trying to kill it."

So it would seem that destruction, rather than creation, lies at the heart of Edwards' film. And there's plenty of destruction on offer throughout the rest of the trailer with jaw-dropping aerial shots of the carnage that Godzilla has wreaked. And the final, tantalising shot of the belly of the giant beast? Well that's just spine-tingling stuff.

Take a look at the trailer and let us know if you're excited about Godzilla. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen star in the film, which is released on 16 May.

On a side note, we wish we had Cranston's cool, growly voice to use at parties.