Kong: Skull Island Trailer Brings Beauty to the Beast

By  · Published on July 23rd, 2016

King Kong gets a new adventure, and we’re excited for the ride.

The success of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot a couple years ago helped bolster Hollywood’s renewed interest in old monsters. Warner Bros. is planning a sequel for the big lizard in 2019, Universal is crafting a shared universe for their stable of classic creatures, and WB has moved forward with a new adventure featuring a big, hairy ape.

Kong: Skull Island isn’t a sequel to Peter Jackson’s 2005 reboot – and no, it isn’t a prequel either – and is instead its own story that once again sees silly little people treading where they don’t belong. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) has assembled a strong cast including Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, Shea Whigham, and Toby Kebbell (who’s surprisingly not playing Kong and will instead get to act free of mo-cap/makeup).

Check out this first trailer out of Comic Con.

There was always the fear that a new King Kong film would feel too familiar, but Vogt-Roberts looks to have crafted a beautiful-looking action/adventure. There are some gorgeous shots in this trailer, and they bode well for a memorable and exciting end result.

The story may still be something of a retread though as suggested by the presence of a pretty blonde and a potentially unscrupulous adventurer. Hopefully this tale doesn’t end with Goodman’s character carting the beast back to civilization with the ape angling to get his hands on Larson for some inter-species canoodling.

Besides, there’s only one way for this movie to end, and it’s with a tease for the inevitable King Kong v Godzilla: Dawn of Giant Creatures Beating the Shit Out of Each Other.

Kong: Skull Island bellows its way into theaters March 10th, 2017.

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