The story of King Kong is getting a makeover when Kong: Skull Island hits theaters next year, with movie stars Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson as the main characters.
While the original film is set in the 1930s, Skull Island follows a group of adventurers who discover the massive ape in 1970. According to Los Angeles Times, the first trailer for Kong: Skull Island was released over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. Jordan Vogt-Roberts is helming the project, which also stars Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman.
The trailer, which can be viewed on The Guardian, features a lot of actions scenes but doesn’t give a clear look at Kong. However, fans were treated to a shot of Kong’s head in the final scene of the clip, and it looks like Skull Island will feature the biggest version of the beast to date.
Fans have since weighed in on the trailer with mostly positive feedback.
“Kong is absolutely enormous this time,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “His head is probably six feet wide.”
“Just watched a Kong: Skull Island trailer that was a decent tease,” another Twitter fan shared. “It’s set in the 1970s and def pillaging Apocalypse Now iconography.”
The trailer included a lot of helicopter scenes reminiscent of Apocalypse Now. While the original is based on a love story, Skull Island appears to be more of a war film, filled with plenty of explosions and machine gun fire.
Although they missed The Blob and Godzilla, the actors actually knew a lot about classic monsters in cinema.
Apart from the fun questions, the actors were also asked about the challenges of making another King Kong movie and how the film differs from past versions.
For the most part, the filmmakers wanted to get away from the usual plot associated with the monster but stay within the mythology of King Kong. Although they couldn’t reveal too many secrets, it sounds as though fans can expect a very different adventure than in previous movies.
Principle filming for Kong: Skull Island took place in Vietnam, which offered the creators a unique opportunity to make the setting a character of its own. In fact, filming in exotic places created a realistic experience for the actors and made it easier to visualize a massive King Kong in the midst.
Meanwhile, People is reporting that Tom Hiddleston’s session at Comic-Con is his first press event after being spotted in Australia with his new girlfriend, Taylor Swift. The pair were spotted in Australia while Hiddleston was filming for Thor: Ragnarok.
Swift and Hiddleston started dating back in May following the pop star’s public split from Calvin Harris. The Thor star and Swift have been nearly inseparable since getting together and unafraid to share their affection in public wherever they go.
Unfortunately, Swift did not join Hiddleston during Comic-Con. Instead, the actor attended the event solo and answered questions about Skull Island in Hall H.
Apart from the new King Kong movie, Warner Bros’ also debuted a number of upcoming projects during the event, including Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and The LEGO Batman Movie.
Conan O’Brien led the discussion panel.
Kong: Skull Island is scheduled to open in theaters on March 10, 2017.
Check out Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and Samuel L. Jackson in the first official trailer below, and let us know what you think in the comments.
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