While the casting of Michael Keaton is not yet confirmed, Deadline reports that the Batman and Birdman actor is in final negotiations to star in the upcoming sequel, Kong: Skull Island.
No other details of Keaton’s role are known yet, but should he seal the deal, he will join the already cast J.K Simmons and Tom Hiddleston.
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’s SKULL ISLAND has been retitled KONG: SKULL ISLAND and will move from November 4, 2016 to Friday, March 10, 2017. The film will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D by Universal Pictures.
About KONG: SKULL ISLAND:
In the spirit of its worldwide blockbuster Godzilla, Legendary Pictures presents a bold new take on the mythos of another iconic beast with KONG: SKULL ISLAND, which stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers and Thor series)and J.K Simmons (Whiplash).
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) and written by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla),
KONG: SKULL ISLAND will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Legendary’s story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline. Thomas Tull (Godzilla, The Dark Knight, Pacific Rim) and Jon Jashni (Godzilla, upcoming Warcraft) will produce and Alex Garcia (Godzilla) will executive produce. The film will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D by Universal Pictures.