by: S. Scott Stanikmas
After the loss of Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons, it seemed that the King Kong origin story Kong: Skull Island was destined to shipwreck at the docks before it ever set sail.
The film is still fighting forward though, even going so far as to go after a big name to replace one of the two departing actors.
Deadline is reporting that Russell Crowe is being sought after for one of the lead male roles. Also being looked at is Brie Larson for the female lead.
Crowe would be an excellent addition. He’s the kind of actor who always throws himself into his role 100%. I’d love to see him sign on for this film.
Brie Larson is an interesting addition. I like what I’ve seen her in, but she just doesn’t really stand out that much. Take her role in Trainwreck – she was good, but just kind of there. More window dressing for someone for Amy Schumer to play off of than an actual fleshed out character. This could be her time to shine, though.
Tom Hiddleston is still signed on for the project. The thought of him and Crowe together hunting for King Kong is just too fun to not happen.
Production is expected to start soon on Kong: Skull Island, with Justin Vogt-Roberts still on board to direct, so the film can hit its projected release date of March 10, 2017.