Remember a few weeks back when the King Kong-prequel film, Kong: Skull Island lost both Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons from its cast? That definitely seemed like a blow but the two latest names mentioned for the project definitely restore any faith lost at that time.
They are Brie Larson, the amazing star of Short Term 12, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Trainwreck, and Maximus-himself, Russell Crowe. Larson is reportedly circling a lead role while producers are interested in Crowe, but those talks are very, very early. He may do it, but it would depend on the next version of script.
The latest version of the script was polished by Tony Gilroy, the writer and director of Michael Clayton and The Bourne Legacy. Godzilla writer Max Bornstein wrote the first version of the script.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) will direct the film, which is described as follows:
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 story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline.
Kong: Skull Island was first announced almost exactly a year ago at San Diego Comic-Con. Tom Hiddleston will still play the lead and the release date is scheduled for March 17, 2017.