Tom Hiddleston to Star in King Kong Origin Pic ‘Skull Island’

Tom Hiddleston
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Legendary Entertainment’s “Skull Island” is getting ready to roar, as it has tapped Tom Hiddleston to star in and Jordan Vogt-Roberts to direct the feature film based on the origins of King Kong.

The film will focus on the giant gorilla’s mysterious and dangerous world — something previous films in the genre have only touched on. Max Borenstein, who also wrote the screenplay for Legendary’s “Godzilla” reboot, penned the first draft. Character details were not available.

Legendary has moved quickly to get this pic off the ground after announcing it at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego. The company was looking at Joe Cornish as a possible director, but moved on when he was occupied with Universal’s spy pic “Section Six.”

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Hiddleston, who is best known for his role in the “Avengers” films, will also star in Legendary’s upcoming “Crimson Peak” horror film from director Guillermo del Toro. He is repped by William Morris Endeavor, Hamilton Hodell and Authentic Management.

Vogt-Roberts directed (and exec produced) the 2013 coming-of-age comedy-drama “The Kings of Summer,” as well as episodes of the new FX comedy “You’re the Worst.” He is repped by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorneys Alan Wertheimer and Andy Gawker.

Universal Pictures will distribute the film on November 4, 2016.

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  1. a j lobo says:

    Why not take a look at Skull Island Lengend of Kong

    Or google Legend of Kong

  2. Joni says:

    Dreadlocked Lupita N’Yongo as Kong’s Skull island native bride. Hot!

  3. It is a prequel, they will not be killing him off. If anything, most of the characters in the film will perish horribly.

  4. Well if they are going to make another movie about King Kong I hope they aren’t going to kill him off I’m tired of them killing King Kong off do something different

  5. James R. says:


  6. wks says:

    Please don’t turn King Kong into a non-descript ape with no personality. Think of what that will do to the ‘love story’… ;)

  7. It’s not an “origin” movie. They’ve already said it’s not a sequel or a reboot according to Variety’s own initial article —

  8. R U KIDDING says:

    …I will DIE if he gets eaten.

  9. donna says:

    Congratulations to a wonderful actor. Looking forward to seeing a lot of Tom in upcoming movies!!

  10. Blandine says:

    Love him , good choice ! :)

  11. Richard says:

    This is great news, he is a great actor. I loved Godzilla and this is looking to start off on the right foot as well

  12. Terry S. says:

    Congratulations Tom. You are an incredible actor.

  13. JJ says:

    Please don’t make a monster movie where the monsters aren’t a threat to humans. This was the biggest problem with this summer’s Godzilla – the humans were only incidentally in danger. This resulted in a terrible “thriller” with none of the excitement of such humans-in-peril adventures as Jurassic Park or Jaws.

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