Hollywood’s beloved giant King Kong is set for a reboot in 2017, and we’ve got a first glimpse at the highly-anticipated film with a newly-released image.
Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, and Toby Kebbell.
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy, and Derek Connolly, Kong: Skull Island will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce with Mary Parent.
As for the first image, which shows Hiddleston, Goodman, and Larson’s characters running amongst a boneyard featuring a colossal ape skull, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts said it’s just a taste of what’s to come.
“From the size of the skull, you can tell that things on this island are much bigger than audiences are used to with traditional Kong lore,” says Vogt-Roberts. “Our Kong is by far the biggest Kong that you’ve seen on screen, and that translates to a lot of different things on the island.”
Back in October last year, Legendary and Warner Bros. announced that Godzilla vs Kong will arrive after Kong: Skull Island (2017) and Godzilla 2 (2018).
“Audiences really responded to Godzilla,” Legendary CEO Thomas Tull said in a statement. “As a lifelong fan of these characters, I’ve always wanted to see the ultimate showdown, and today we’re pleased to be announcing that and more.”
The Monarch organisation, which made the appearance in 2014’s Godzilla, will be the link in the films, with Monarch set to play a role in Kong: Skull Island and the bringing of the two creatures together in the mash-up film.
We can’t wait to see how big Kong really is, but he’ll obviously need to be scaled accordingly to go toe-to-toe with Godzilla. In the meantime, let’s bask in the glory of the image above and get excited at the prospect of this stellar cast on screen with the iconic ape.
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