The casting news just keeps rolling for Legendary’s new film Kong: Skull Island with news that Toby Kebbell is now also in talks to star in the creature feature.
Kebbell is currently on screens in the rather badly received Fantastic Four, rated as possibly the worst Marvel film to date in the role of Dr Doom.
Kebbell will also be seen on-screen next year in another Legendary production Warcraft, where he will star alongside Travis Fimmell and Ben Foster.
If he takes on a role in the Jordan Vogt-Roberts movie, then he will join confirmed cast members Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Corey Hawkins. As we have mentioned in our previous Skull Island updates, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly are also rumoured to be in discussions to join the cast.
While the official plot line is still yet unknown, we have been told that it will be an origin-style tale, about a team of explorers venture into the mysterious, creature-filled island and discover the beast that is King Kong.
When the team appeared at San Diego Comic Con back in 2014, they did show a teaser trailer for the movie and said the movie was about “staying and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place.” They hoped to “take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions.”
They also said that the film would fully immerse audiences into the landscape Skull Island. In addition, the studio said it honors the traditions and lore of King Kong, while placing the setting in a new timeline.
In an earlier interview with MTV, J.K. Simmons said “It’s set in Detroit in 1971. It’s where I grew up, and we’re going to shoot in Detroit during baseball season so I’ll get to go to Tigers games. There’s a lot to like about [making] this movie”
Whether that still holds true after several re-writes remains to be seen, especially since Jurassic World‘s Derek Connolly was announced as the latest writer to tune up the script.
Skull Island is currently planning for a late October production start shooting in Hawaii, before moving on to Iceland and Vietnam according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Kong: Skull Island is schedule for a release date of March 2017.