After losing both J.K. Simmons and Michael Keaton to scheduling conflicts, Universal and Legendary’s co-production of Kong: Skull Island clearly had some ground to make up in the casting department. Now, though, it looks like things may still be on track for the planned tentpole.
According to Deadline, actress Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street) has joined the planned 2017 release as the female lead, opposite star Tom Hiddleston. This will mark Larson’s first major starring role in a tentpole film, having recently starred opposite Amy Schumer in the Judd Apatow-directed Trainwreck. She’ll next be seen in Room, opposite William H. Macy and Joan Allen, in an adaptation of the novel by author Emma Donoghue.
Kong: Skull Island still needs to find two male leads to replace Simmons and Keaton, with Deadline also reporting that Universal is attempting to court Russel Crowe for one of the two roles, but it’s not exactly clear how that can shake out until the next draft of the screenplay is turned in by writers John Gatins and Max Borenstein. The film currently intends to begin production either late this year or in early 2016, and will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Not connected to any other iteration of the King Kong franchise, Skull Island will attempt to fully immerse audiences in the dangerous home of the titular ape, telling a story revolving around a team of explorers descending into the mystery and danger of Skull Island itself.
The film is scheduled to be released in March of 2017. For more on Kong: Skull Island as it continues to take form, keep your eyes peeled to GeekNation!
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