Before Tom Hiddleston returns to the big screen in the role of everyone’s favorite God of Mischief, Loki, for the fourth and perhaps even final time in Thor: Ragnarok (say it ain't so!), the actor will venture deep into the King of the Apes' home turf in Kong: Skull Island.
Not much is known about the super-top-secret film besides the fact that Hiddleston plays the role of an adventurer who travels to the treacherous and primordial island in order to find his brother and a mythical serum.
But while promoting a couple of movie and TV projects -- The Hank Williams biopic I saw the Light, Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise and the six-part miniseries The Night Manager -- the actor revealed that filming on Kong: Skull Island has wrapped, and he offered a few intriguing tidbits about the new King Kong movie. In a radio interview with Entertainement Weekly, Hiddleston said:
“Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who directed it, had this extraordinary idea,” says Hiddleston. “I don’t want to spoil too much… But it’s a whole new re-conception of the mythology. It essentially follows a group of disparate travelers and explorers and soldiers who travel to an undiscovered island in the South Pacific. And it’s set in a time period where you could conceive that there are still undiscovered places on the earth. What they find on the island is surprising, and then every character has a very different response to it. It’s going to be spectacular and epic, but also the human drama is kind of interesting as well.”
In another interview with The Daily Beast, the man currently touted as the next James Bond explained the differences between this version -- which is reportedly set in 1970s Detroit (that would explain the vintage chopper) -- and the previous movies which featured a film crew and a young, blond actress (I'm talking about the 1933 classic and Peter Jackson's 2005 version).
“It’s cool, it’s gonna be new this time,” says Hiddleston. “Kong was a change, to play a heroic protagonist—having never really played that role before—in a massive movie. And Jordan’s vision for it is really unique: completely different time period, different story, and Kong like you’ve never seen him before. There is no young movie actress, there is no film director. It’s a reimagining of it.”
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Derek Connolly, the movie also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham and Toby Kebbell as the new mo-cap Kong.
Kong: Skull Island will open in movie theaters on March 10, 2017.