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Tom Hiddleston (Pic: John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Tom Hiddleston (Pic: John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Tom Hiddleston (Pic: John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Would it be too cheeky to assume that the producers of the new King Kong prequel didn’t spend very long casting their new leading man? I mean, it seems temptingly plausible that they’ll have looked at the script, read the title Skull Island and immediately cast a lead actor whose face is almost entirely made of cheekbones: Tom Hiddleston.

Not that it’s a bad idea, even if that is exactly what happened.

The movie will take a deeper look at the combustable island on which the giant ape was originally found, in the years before the events depicted in King Kong. The island is described as an unstable landmass caught in a region that suffers a constant battering from the sea. Over millennia, it has been connected and disconnected from the mainland in various ways, and this has meant that certain species, including dinosaurs, have come across and become stranded. Evolution has been forced to find ways to keep life alive and this has resulted in some fairly grotesque mutations, a small community of native people… and Tom Hiddleston.

Here’s the teaser, as presented to San Diego’s Comic-Con in July:

Web reports suggest that Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) has signed up to direct (although the teaser would suggest it’s Peter Jackson himself), from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, who also wrote the screenplay for Godzilla, so he knows his way around the mind of an enormous creature or two.

Skull Island is slated for release on November 4, 2016.

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By Fraser McAlpine