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J.K. Simmons to join Tom Hiddleston on Skull Island

Like the silhouette of a 50-foot tall gorilla emerging from the mist, details are slowly taking shape for the King Kong origin story Skull Island. In September, it was announced that Tom Hiddleston (Thor) would star, and now Deadline reports that the urbane Hiddleston will be joined by explosively intense J.K. Simmons (Whiplash). While Simmons’ role has not been announced, we expect his character will be snapping, screaming, and chomping at every other primate within earshot.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts is attached to direct a script by John Gatins and Max Borenstein (Godzilla). Skull Island will focus on the titular island, which, given the setting and Borenstein’s involvement, means that we could get more of King Kong knocking the piss out of dinosaurs, which is never a bad thing. Skull Island is set for a March 10, 2017 premiere,


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