Mother of Mothra, you guys! Ever since Legendary announced at Comic-Con that they’d be taking us to King Kong’s homeland in the forthcoming Skull Island, our minds have been racing. Is this the start of a shared cinematic universe between King Kong, Godzilla, and the other kaiju? Who will star? Who will direct? Will we see where King Kong had his first banana? Well, today we have an answer to two of those questions and they have me very hopeful for the Max Borenstein-penned film.
In a press release today, Legendary revealed that Tom Hiddleston, aka Loki, aka Hank Williams, aka Hiddles McGriddles, will be starring in Skull Island. No other details about the role were released other than those impossibly blue infinity pools he calls eyes will be staring through the screen and into your hearts when the film finally comes to theaters. As for who will be telling Hiddleston “Action!”, “Cut!”, and “Good hustle out there!”, Legendary has tapped Jordan Vogt-Roberts to direct the monster movie. Vogt-Roberts first burst onto the scene with his Sundance hit The Kings of Summer, has gone on to direct several episodes of FX’s freshman comedy You’re the Worst, Nick Offerman: American Ham, and is set to direct Sony’s forthcoming Metal Gear Solid adaptation. Going from indie comedies to high profile monster movies and AAA video game adaptations? Good on ya, Jordan.
If this really is the start of Legendary’s kajiu-filled shared cinematic universe, then the addition of these two has me feeling pretty good about the whole endeavor. My one regret is that we’ll likely never get to see Hiddles McGriddles interacting with Heisenberg as they try to prevent Godzilla and King Kong from destroying the eastern seaboard. Alas and alack.
Skull Island hits theaters on November 4, 2016.
What do you make of this casting/directing news? What do you hope to see in Skull Island? Who should play King Kong? Sound off in the comments below or tell me on Twitter (@osteoferocious).
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