Information about 2017’s Kong: Skull Island has been pretty hard to come by so far. Aside from the cast, all we really know about it is that it might somehow set up an eventual showdown with Godzilla. And we, like, JUST found out about that. Beyond those two crispy info nuggets, we don’t have much. But thanks to everyone’s favorite evil dreamboat, Tom Hiddleston, that’s starting to change.
While out promoting I Saw The Light, Hiddleston spoke with Collider about his role in the upcoming monster flick. While he didn’t exactly open the vault too much, he did give us a few clues about his character and the film in general.
It’s so exciting. I’ve been digging around in some dark material, to be honest. There’s something very heroic about my character in Skull Island. He’s an adventurer, he’s an explorer. I mean, it’s a King Kong film. There we go.
Like he said, it’s a King Kong film, so hearing that one of the characters is a heroic, adventurous explorer isn’t exactly shocking. Still, it sounds like a juicy role, and certainly one that Hiddleston can do great things with.
As for the film itself:
The way Jordan Vogt-Roberts has conceived of it, there’s something in there which I find very compelling about King Kong as an emblem of the power of nature in some way, and man’s relationship to it. I think he’s got just brilliant ideas about exploring that. Incredible sequences, a particular context they put King Kong in that you’ve never see him in before, so I’m really excited.
Hmm…a giant monster used as an emblem of the power of nature? Now where have I heard that before? Oh right, that’s a lot like Godzilla! Kong’s always been portrayed as something more than just a really big monkey, and if he is set to one day square off with the King of the Monsters, having them depicted in similar contexts would go a long way to add weight to that conflict. I like all of this.
It’s still not completely certain when this film will take place. JK Simmons (who has since left the film) hinted that it was going to be set in 1971 Detroit, but that was back in January. Plenty has certainly changed since then, and the film’s screenplay hasn’t even been finalized yet. But Hiddleston’s comments do at least make one thing pretty crystal clear: this definitely SOUNDS like a King Kong movie. It will be very exciting to see what the finished product looks like.
Kong: Skull Island also stars Brie Larson, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, and Toby Kebbell. It’s set to be released on March 10, 2017.
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