Tom Hiddleston says he's been 'digging around in some dark material' for Kong: Skull Island

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Sep 15, 2015, 12:56 PM EDT

Tom Hiddleston was at the Toronto International Film Festival in order to promote Ben Wheatley‘s sci-fi film High-Rise, and Marc Abraham‘s Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light, when the actor sat down with Collider to chat about his next BIG BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE: Kong: Skull Island.

Essentially a King Kong prequel, Skull Island will reunite the man who'll forever be known as the Asgardian God of Mischief, Loki, with his fellow Marvel and Avengers co-star Samuel L. Jackson. Two other comic-book movie alums also on board director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' film are Guardians of the Galaxy's John C. Reilly and Fantastic Four's Toby Kebbell. The movie follows a team of explorers who land on a mysterious and exotic island filled with prehistoric and giant creatures. Oh, and it also happens to be the home of a certain giant ape we all know and love. And that's about the extent of what we know of the movie's storyline so far.

Without revealing too much, Hiddleston was able to say a few interesting tidbits to Collider about the character he’ll get to play on Kong: Skull Island (there were no Marvel snipers present or red dots on his forehead as far as I could see in the video interview).

"Well, Kong: Skull Island is the next thing on the books. It’s so exciting. I’ve been digging around in some dark material, to be honest. There’s something very heroic about my character in Skull Island. He’s an adventurer, he’s an explorer. I mean, it’s a King Kong film. There we go. [laughs] The way Jordan Vogt-Roberts has conceived of it, there’s something in there which I find very compelling about King Kong as an emblem of the power of nature in some way, and man’s relationship to it. I think he’s got just brilliant ideas about exploring that. Incredible sequences, a particular context they put King Kong in that you’ve never see him in before, so I’m really excited."

Now, that's rather intriguing. When he was asked if the movie would be a period film, or if it would be set in the modern day, the actor said, "I don’t know if I’m supposed to reveal that to you. There is a period, but I don’t want to reveal what it is yet."

The last time Kong pounded his massive chest on the big screen was 10 years ago in Peter Jackson’s King Kong (2005). The movie starred Naomie Watts, Adrian Brody and Jack Black, and it was set in the 1930s. Will Skull Island's period setting be in the '30s as well? Or, since it’s a prequel, could the storyline take place even earlier? With plans of a King Kong/Godzilla crossover following the release of Skull Island in 2017, and Godzilla 2 in July 2018, I wonder just how "period" they’ll actually go. What do you think?

Kong: Skull Island is slated for a March 10, 2017, release. Tom Hiddleston will be next seen on the big screen in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, set to open in theaters on Oct. 16.

(via Collider)