Earlier this year at the San Diego Comic-Con, one of the more unexpected announcements was the unveiling of a new King Kong prequel from Legendary Pictures called Skull Island. At the time, many of the folks in attendance at Legendary’s Comic-Con panel failed to respond with a whole lot of enthusiasm, partially because people were expecting a trailer for Jurassic World instead. However, now that they’ve secured a lead actor and a director for the project, perhaps we will start to see a bit more excitement start to build… especially considering that the lead actor also happens to play everyone’s favourite Marvel baddie, Loki. Hit the jump for more details.
According to an official press release, Tom Hiddleston (Thor, The Avengers, Only Lovers Left Alive) has signed on to star in Skull Island for Legendary and Universal Pictures. It is not yet clear who he will play, but it seems likely that he will be an explorer of some sort that gets stranded on the island (sort of the equivalent to Jack Black’s character in Peter Jackson’s King Kong). Hiddleston is also starring in another upcoming Legendary production, Guillermo del Toro’s gothic horror flick Crimson Peak.
As for the director, although it was originally reported that Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) had an offer to helm the film, it appears that he ultimately passed on the project. Instead, The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will be taking on Skull Island. Vogt-Roberts also signed on to direct a Metal Gear Solid movie earlier this year. What do you think, is this a promising start for the upcoming King Kong prequel?