Tom Hiddleston is a busy boy. He's currently promoting not one, not two but three projects! He's got the 6-part television miniseries The Night Manager, Ben Wheatley's High-Rise, and the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light. When he is available to the press like he is now, he has to field questions about Loki and the MCU. However, this time around, he's also getting asked about another big-budget project: Kong: Skull Island.
Not much is known about Kong: Skull Island, but Hiddleston did shed some light on it. "Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who directed it, had this extraordinary idea," Hiddleston told Entertainment Weekly Radio. "I don't want to spoil too much… But it's a whole new re-conception of the mythology. It essentially follows a group of disparate travelers and explorers and soldiers who travel to an undiscovered island in the South Pacific. And it's set in a time period where you could conceive that there are still undiscovered places on the earth. What they find on the island is surprising, and then every character has a very different response to it. It's going to be spectacular and epic, but also the human drama is kind of interesting as well."
Hiddleston is excited about King Kong getting an origin story and social commentary that feels fresh. "It's cool, it's gonna be new this time," he told The Daily Beast. "Kong was a change, to play a heroic protagonist—having never really played that role before—in a massive movie. And Jordan's vision for it is really unique: completely different time period, different story, and Kong like you've never seen him before. There is no young movie actress, there is no film director. It's a reimagining of it."
"There's a little extra social commentary, but it feels fresh," he adds. "The myth behind it is more about the necessity of man's humility in the face of nature. We keep thinking we can build a better world than nature. I'm not sure that we can."
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.
Kong: Skull Island will arrive in theaters on March 10, 2017.
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