Since it was announced at Comic-Con two years ago, Kong: Skull Island has been one of those question mark productions for me. It’s stunningly well-cast with the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly already signed on. It’s also an attempt to start a franchise out of King Kong; granted, the original 1933 film led to one of the earliest special effects driven franchise attempts as the sequel, The Son of Kong, was released within a year of the original. Come to think of it, every time Kong has returned to the screen, it’s spawned at least a sequel. Even King Kong vs. Godzilla.
And now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Tobey Kebbell — most recently seen as Doctor Doom in Fox’s Fantastic Four — has joined that stellar cast. It’s unclear who the actor will play because the film is an open book in terms of characters, but Kebbell will presumably be part of a “team of explorers who venture into the mysterious, creature-laden isle that is also the home of the king of the apes.” Hopefully one of those creatures will be a recreation the lumbering brontosaurus from the original.
The film will be helmed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, whose feature debut, The Kings of Summer was a delightful coming of age dramedy, but it remains to be seen if he can handle a creature-filled tentpole franchise starter. See what I mean about this being a question mark production? The answers will be be revealed when the film opens March 10th, 2017.