SDCC 2016: Kong: Skull Island Promises Huge Action And Stunning Locations

Credit: Stephanie Coats/4YE
Credit: Stephanie Coats/4YE

King Kong is one of the most iconic movie monsters of all time. He was first on the big screen in 1933 and has since made six other appearances on the big screen, soon to be seven with the release of Warner Bros. Kong: Skull Island in 2017.

The cast of Skull Island made an appearance at SDCC in Hall H on Saturday (July 23) and released the first footage of the film, which gives us a glimpse of this film’s version of King Kong who is massive; the biggest we’ve seen to date.

Take a look at the trailer below:

The panel included the cast, which consists of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, and John Goodman, and the director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (sporting the greatest beard). 

Vogt-Roberts said taking on Kong was a huge responsibility because “Kong is film history. It’s where our special effects come from, Kong is where genre met mainstream. It’s an enormous responsibility, but it’s an enormous honour and that’s why we tried to assemble a cast like this and an incredible team to tell people a new story within the mythology.”

The film is set in the ’70s because, according to Vogt-Roberts, it’s probably one of the last times in the world when myth can still exist. It thrust the characters into the unknown and gives them this image of Kong and have them believe it is a god from another time and just how they deal with it.

Skull Island was filmed in three different locations: Vietnam, Hawaii, and Australia. It was filming in these locations that gave the movie character, making it real, and also added to the actor’s performances.

“Going all over the world and doing all these different things has its greatness within itself,” said Mitchell. “As an actor, when you are actually in the elements, when you’re actually in a bamboo forest, when you’re actually in water in Vietnam up to your chest, it adds a whole different element.”

“It really did feel like guerilla filmmaking,” Hawkins so smoothly answered. Badumtss.

When asked about what it was like working on a film like this compared to Room Larson joked, “It was more comfortable. I had better insoles in my shoes, I had sunscreen, I just found a better Airbnb – I just got lucky.”

Kong: Skull Island will hit theatres on March 10, 2017.

Melissa LoParco
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