‘Kong: Skull Island’ Casting Update Reveals New Details

By September 25, 2015

Kong: Skull Island was already shaping up to be a pretty interesting monster movie before the news about the Godzilla crossover was even revealed. Aside from losing two of its lead in Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons, the film set to be helmed by Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has assembled an incredibly talented cast of young and veteran actors including Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Brie Larson (Room), Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) John C. Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy) and more.

The movie is going to give fans an origin story (kinda) for King Kong, as an expedition team venture to Skull Island and encounter the king of the apes at a much younger age than most films have yet. However, now with the knowledge that the film will be the first (or second depending on how you look at it) of a trilogy crosover between Godzilla and King Kong, the movie might be setting up the character in more important ways than we may have previously assumed.

Well, it looks like we can add two more names to the film’s already impressive cast.

According to a new report by Deadline, actor John Goodman has reportedly joined the project as a character named Randa, who is a government official in the film that leads the expedition. Meanwhile, Variety is reporting that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl star Thomas Mann is also set to join the movie’s cast, as a member of the expedition led by Goodman’s Randa.

With each new announcement, it seems like this movie’s cast just gets better and better. Vogt-Roberts proved himself to be a talented creative force in the industry with Kings of Summer and much like some of his fellow directors including Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards and Jurassic World‘s Colin Trevorrow, it looks like the young filmmaker is preparing himself for one hell of a follow-up film to his small indie project.

As Legendary and Warner Bros. work together to create this eventual onscreen fight between Godzilla and King Kong, it’ll be interesting to see how much Kong: Skull Island will concern itself with set-up for the sequels, or if that will come later. For right now though, it looks like this connected monster universe is in safe hands moving forward.

Kong: Skull Island is set to hit theatres on March 10th, 2017.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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