Tom Hiddleston set to star in Legendary King Kong film, ‘Skull Island’

Sept. 16, 2014 | 10:28 a.m.
Tom Hiddleston arrives at the U.S. premiere of "Thor: The Dark World" at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Los Angeles. The actor seemed to turn up everywhere in 2013. (Jordan Strauss / Invision/AP)

Tom Hiddleston arrives at the U.S. premiere of “Thor: The Dark World” on Nov. 4, 2013, at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss / Invision/Associated Press)

Tom Hiddleston will star in Legendary’s upcoming “King Kong” reboot, “Skull Island.”

Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”) is set to direct the film, scheduled for release Nov. 4, 2016.

Legendary originally announced the project in July at San Diego’s Comic-Con International, screening a surprise teaser for the film at the conclusion of its panel presentation in Hall H.

Max Borenstein, whose writing credits include Legendary’s long-delayed “Seventh Son” and this summer’s hit “Godzilla,” penned an initial draft of the script, which is said to center on the island that was King Kong’s home.

Hiddleston’s been on a run lately. His upcoming projects include another film for Legendary — Guillermo del Toro’s Victorian horror story “Crimson Peak” — director Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel “High-Rise” and the Hank Williams biopic “I Saw the Light,” in which he’ll star as the iconic country crooner.

All three films are due for release in 2015.

Earlier this year, Hiddleston starred opposite Tilda Swinton as a brooding vampire musician in “Only Lovers Left Alive,” but he arguably remains best known to mainstream audiences for his portrayal of Loki, Thor’s scheming younger brother, in Marvel’s “Thor” films and Joss Whedon’s blockbuster hit, “The Avengers.”

— Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex


Tom Hiddleston attends the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 6. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images)

Tom Hiddleston at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images)


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