EXCLUSIVE: Fresh off rave reviews for his turn in Birdman, Michael Keaton is finalizing a deal to join the cast of Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island. He will join the previously announced Tom Hiddleston (Thor) and JK Simmons (Whiplash).
Jordan Vogt-Roberts directs from a script written by John Gatins and Max Borenstein, Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce with Alex Garcia, and Eric McLeod is executive producing. Universal Pictures will release the King Kong-inspired film in 3D and IMAX 3D on March 10, 2017.
Kong: Skull Island promises to 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.
Keaton, who is receiving strong awards-season buzz for his turn as a washed-up actor tormented by his superhero alter ego/nemesis in Alejandro Gonzales Inarittu’s Birdman, is repped by ICM and Anonymous Content. He recently wrapped his role in Thomas McCarthy’s Catholic Church child-abuse drama Spotlight and is also voicing a role in Illumination Entertainment’s animated Minions.
Legendary is currently enjoying strong box office returns with the Angelina Jolie-directed Louis Zamperini biopic Unbroken.