Tom Hiddleston to Star in King Kong Prequel Skull Island
by Justin Cook
Tom Hiddleston, best known for playing Loki in multiple Marvel films, including The Avengers and Thor, is set to star in the upcoming King Kong spin-off film Skull Island.
The film will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by Max Borenstein. Vogt-Roberts helmed 2013’s critically acclaimed The Kings of Summer and also directed several episodes of the new FX show You’re the Worst, while Borenstein recently wrote the script for 2014’s Godzilla.
The announcement of this King Kong spin-off film was one of the most surprising pieces of news to come out of San Diego Comic-Con this year. The movie will take place on the infamous Skull Island, and will be set years before the original King Kong takes place.
Early rumors surrounding the film suggested many directors who were in talks to helm the project, including Attack the Block director Joe Cornish. The choice of Vogt-Roberts is an interesting one, as he has only directed smaller works in television and film. Skull Island will most likely be a big-budget movie, so it will be interesting to see how he adjusts.
Gareth Edwards, another Legendary Pictures director, was in a similar boat, having only directed a low-budget film called Monsters before being hired to direct Godzilla.
Borenstein’s involvement in the project could mean that at some point we may get to see a Godzilla/King Kong crossover film, although that is purely speculation. However, seeing those two gigantic monsters duking it out on the big screen would certainly attract moviegoers.
Hiddleston is a fantastic actor, and seems to be a great fit for the lead role in the upcoming film. He has given dynamite performances in films outside of the Marvel universe as well, especially in Only Lovers Left Alive, War Horse, and Midnight in Paris.
The character he will be playing and the rest of the cast for the film are both unknown at this point.
Skull Island will be released on November 4, 2016.