Some quick casting news has come in via Deadline as the site is reporting that Brie Larson is in talks to play the female lead in Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island.
If signed, Larson (pictured) will join Tom Hiddleston, who was set some time ago. Legendary is actively setting the two other male leads after the exit of both Michael Keaton and JK Simmons. One actor they are courting hard for one of those roles is Russell Crowe, but it won’t be clear whether or not that happens until the next script draft comes in. Keaton and Simmons had scheduling conflicts.
Legendary has Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing a script by John Gatins and Max Borenstein, and they are eying a production start of late this year or early 2016. Universal Pictures will release the King Kong-inspired film in 3D and IMAX 3D on March 10, 2017. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produce with Mary Parent; Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod are exec producing.
Kong: Skull Island will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the iconic ape as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.