Tom Hiddleston Heads to KING KONG Film SKULL ISLAND

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Marvel’s The Avengers and Only Lovers Left Alive star Tom Hiddleston has signed on to star in Legendary’s King Kong origins story Skull Island, which will be directed by The Kings of Summer helmer Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

Attack the Block‘s Joe Cornish was previously rumored to be the frontrunner to direct the upcoming action adventure, but Legendary and Universal Pictures have tapped Vogt-Roberts instead.  Kudos to you, man.

Penned by Godzilla‘s scribe Max Borenstein, Skull Island will explore the cinematic origins of the great ape. The film will take place almost entirely on the island and it wasn’t going to be prequel to Peter Jackson’s remake of the 1933 classic.

Skull Island, a Godzilla/Kong crossover of sorts, opens on November 4th, 2016.

Sounds good to me, but hey, I guess Hiddleston is now out of the running for the Ben-Hur remake and it’ll also push back Vogt-Roberts’ adaptation of Metal Gear Solid over at Sony.

However, here’s the full press release:

Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year’s San Diego Comic Con with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. Universal Pictures will distribute the film on November 4, 2016.

Vogt-Roberts directed and executive produced the Sundance darling THE KINGS OF SUMMER. He has also directed the pilot and multiple episodes of FX’s new series ‘You’re the Worst’ and is set to direct METAL GEAR SOLID for Sony. His other credits include directing the pilot of  ‘Cocked’ for Amazon Studios and directing and executive producing the concert documentary NICK OFFERMAN: AMERICAN HAM. He is represented by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorneys Alan Wertheimer and Andy Gawker.

Hiddleston’s credits include MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, and WAR HORSE. He is also known for portraying Thor’s nemesis and brother, Loki, in Marvel’s THOR, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, and THE AVENGERS. Upcoming projects include Legendary’s gothic horror CRIMSON PEAK from director Guillermo del Toro, Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s HIGH-RISE and Marc Abraham’s Hank Williams biopic I SAW THE LIGHT. He is repped by William Morris Endeavor, Hamilton Hodell and Authentic Management.

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