Michael Keaton is currently on top of his A-game at the moment with his award-winning performance in Alejandro Gonzales Inarittu’s Birdman, pulling off an outstanding performance portraying a washed-up actor who is constantly tormented by his alter ego/nemesis. It’s great to see Keaton back in the spotlight again, being offered some great roles to sink his teeth into, finally gaining more recognition for his acting prowess with appearances in Robocop and Need for Speed in 2014, and upcoming roles in Dreamworks animation Minions and Thomas McCarthy’s drama Spotlight. Now it appears that Keaton is set to join Tom Hiddleston (Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor, Only Lovers Left Alive), and J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash), in lengendary’s Kong: Skull Island.
According to Variety Keaton has now closed a deal and will cruising off to a mysterious island off the coast of Sumatra. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) is directing the tentpole, with John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla) penning the script.
Apparently Legendary’s story will honor the foundations of existing King Kong lore but it will take place in an entirely new, distinct timeline. Thomas Tull (Godzilla, The Dark Knight, Pacific Rim) and Jon Jashni (Godzilla, Warcraft) will produce with Alex Garcia (Godzilla) executive producing.
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has managed to assimilate a great cast so far, especially due to the fact that all three of the actors are all hot property at the moment, with Hiddleston’s Gothic tale Crimson Tide coming out later this year, and J.K. Simmon’s amazing performance in Whiplash and also Keaton’s Oscar worthy performance in Birdman. Could the film be using the tag-line “starring Academy Award Winner…” Time will tell, but Kong: Skull Island is already off to a great start.
What do you guys think about the sound of Kong: Skull Island? Is the talent alone enough to get you excited about the movie?