Saturday, 27 September 2014

Tom Hiddleston set for Skull Island

Legendary Pictures took to the San Diego Comic Con stage earlier this year to announce it was making a return to Skull Island to explore the origins of King Kong, the ape of legend. Now we know that Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World) will be starring in the film, and that The Kings Of Summer (2013) director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is set to direct.

No plot details have been released so far, though Godzilla man Max Borenstein has been hard at work on a script that takes a trip to the famous rocky landscape and promises to find massive creatures and other dangers lurking around. Vogt-Roberts represents the latest attempt by Legendary to give a director known for indie movies the keys to a blockbuster, following in the footsteps of Gareth Edwards (Monsters).

How Hiddleston fits in is a mystery for now, though we are guessing he will be a dashing adventurer heading to the island in the hope of capturing evidence or the beast itself. We also imagine that the expedition will not go particularly well, since Skull Island has disappeared into legend by the time of the original film.

Other than that, all we know at the moment is that the film will arrive in cinemas via Universal Pictures on 4 November 2016.

Hiddleston is currently preparing for Marc Abraham's (Flash Of Genius) Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light and has most recently finished a lead role on Ben Wheatley's (Sightseers) latest, High-Rise. He will also be part of the cast for Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) horror Crimson Peak, due to haunt cinemas on 16 October next year.

Vogt-Roberts, meanwhile, directed several episodes of US telly sitcom You're The Worst and is also attached to make a Metal Gear Solid adaptation for Sony Pictures and a TV movie called Cocked. Those will, presumably, have to wait until this is done.

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