It was very sad news indeed when Kong: Skull Island lost Michael Keating and JK Simmons from its cast, sadly due to scheduling conflicts.
While no match for their star power and skills, since then Brie Larson and Straight Outta Compton’s Corey Hawkins have signed on to star, alongside the long attached Tom Hiddleston.
Russell Crowe has also been mentioned as a possibility to join the cast.
However, Deadline is now reporting that there is a wishlist of names the studio are looking at, to replace Simmons and Keating. Those names are very exciting indeed, and any of them being added will add something special to the film.
Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly and Tom Wilkinson are the three names swimming about right now, and Reilly is said to be top of the list. No official offer has been made yet though.
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).
King: Skull Island swings into UK cinemas on 10th March 2017.
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.