Julian Dennison to star in Godzilla vs Kong alongside Ziyi Zhang, Millie Bobby Brown

Julian Dennison has been cast in Godzilla vs Kong, making him part of Legendary Entertainment's MonsterVerse.

The 15-year-old from Lower Hutt got his big break as Ricky Baker in Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople and is currently in cinemas in Deadpool 2.

Godzilla vs Kong will be the the fourth MonsterVerse film following Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which is expected to be released in 2019.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dennison will play a supporting role alongside Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon's Ziyi Zhang and Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown. The film will be directed by Adam Wingard.

Pop culture site That Hashtag Show reports the lead role has been offered to Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand.

Dennison scored his first acting role in the 2013 film Shopping, after his school held open auditions.

From there, he worked with Waititi for an NZTA ad about the dangers of driving while under the influence of marijuana.

Waititi liked his performance so much he asked Dennison to take the role in Hunt for the Wilderpeople without the need for an audition.

Godzilla vs Kong is expected to be released in 2020.