For Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson, movies are not just about the acting. She sees acting as a form of activism – being in the public eye is a chance to shine a light on important issues.
In Kong: Skull Island, she plays investigative photojournalist, peace activist and environmentalist Mason Weaver, who joins the expedition partly out of curiosity.
In an Instagram post yesterday, Brie Larson said she was proud to play the photojournalist as a tribute to all those journalists who put themselves in danger to bring us the truth, Entertainment Weekly reports.
She goes on to say, “Weaver leads with compassion and believes that unity cannot be obtained through aggression. I’m excited to share this film with you. And in the meanwhile I’m thrilled to have this platform as a way to connect us. Let’s work together. Lets be open to learning from each other.”
Kong: Skull Island is set in the 1970s and centers around a group on an expedition to Skull Island. For some of them, it’s just a paid gig. For others, there’s some genuine scientific research in hand.
For some though, like John Goodman’s Bill Randa – well let’s just say he’s a Monarch operative and their motives are never entirely pure. He knows a lot more than he’s letting on about the place, which is Monarch’s stock-in-trade. Brie Larson’s character is aware there is more going on, and that is one of her reasons for going along – she’s suspicious.
Kong: Skull Island is set in the same universe, or ‘Monsterverse’, as 2014’s Godzilla, in which Monarch are also heavily involved. The planned sequel, due in 2020, will see behemoths Kong and Godzilla face off.
Kong: Skull Island is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
It also stars Tom Hiddleston as ex SAS Capt. James Conrad, Samuel L. Jackson as Lt Col Packard, and John C. Reilly as the mentally unstable Marlow. Marlow may be mad, but his knowledge of the island may be the only thing that can save the survivors of the disastrous expedition.
Kong opens in cinemas on March 10.
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