Some more possible casting news has surfaced for Kong: Skull Island as Deadline is reporting that Legendary Pictures is in early talks with Samuel L. Jackson to bring his fire to the role that J.K. Simmons vacated.
They have a small list of actors to play the one Michael Keaton exited due to scheduling, with John C. Reilly atop of it. The site goes on to report that Tom Wilkinson has also just been offered a lead role in the film. Jackson isn’t locked yet, but the actor has shown a liking for being part of blockbuster fare.
If signed, the actors will join the previously announced Brie Larson, Corey Hawkins, and Tom Hiddleston.
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.