Kong: Skull Island Adds New Cast Member, New Scriptwriter, And Kong Greets Brie Larson

Credit: Universal/Legendary
Credit: Universal/Legendary

Last month we brought you the news that Brie Larson was in talks to appear in the new Legendary film Kong: Skull Island. Larson has now confirmed her role by tweeting a photo of her ‘special invitation’ from the Great Gorilla himself.

The ribbon tied card read “Brie, welcome to the jungle. Love, King Kong”.

Larson joins Tom Hiddleston in the film, which will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.


Larson, 25, was known to  have entered talks for the role shortly after Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons dropped out of the film.

There were also murmurs that Australian actor Russel Crowe was being considered. New reports, however, have mentioned Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Wilkenson are now strong contenders for the two roles. Jackson is no stranger to movie-goers with his phenomenal list of work. Wilkenson is also a well known character actor, and was most recently in the Academy Award wining The Grand Budapest Hotel. No information on the characters is currently available.

Larson can currently be seen in Trainwreck with with Amy Schumer and Bill Hader, but is well known for her roles in Community and The United States of Tara.

The actress also recently also tweeted an image of preparing for the movie, showing the beautiful blue ocean and lush green jungle. It is rumoured to be Hawaii.


In other casting news making the rounds, Corey Hawkins has also joined the cast. Hawkins is currently being seens on screens in the role of Dr. Dre in Straight Outta Compton, the Gary Gray directed film about the emergence of  hip-hop band NWA of Compton in Los Angeles, California in the mid-1980s.

Filming is set to commence in October, however the script is still being tweaked. Variety reports that Derek Connolly has been brought in to give the script a polish. Connolly was a co-writer on the hugely successful Jurassic World as well as Safety Not Guaranteed, which has won a slew of awards including Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.

Connolly is the fourth writer on the project after  Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy previously worked on the script.

Kong: Skull Island is scheduled for release in March of 2017 and will be released in 3D and IMAX.

Jacie Anderson
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