Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons were previously slated for starring roles in the upcoming King Kong: Skull Island but we have learned that both performers have dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts.
With the departure of two of the film’s leads, we can say that Tom Hiddleston (Crimson Peak) is still on board to appear in a starring role. In spite of speculation that he may jump ship, Hiddleston is actually very enthusiastic about the project and has communicated his excitement at working with the creative team and being a part of the project in several different interviews.Despite losing two of its stars, Legendary Pictures still anticipates that principal photography will commence on Skull Island by the end of this year. And the film is still reportedly on track for a 3D and IMAX 3D release March 10, 2017.
The project is written by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla). Jordan Vogt-Roberts (MTV’s Death Valley) directs.
“The film fully immerses audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.” It will reportedly be true to the earlier films in the franchise but will take place in an alternate timeline.