Last night, Warner Bros. debuted a new trailer for the upcoming blockbuster Kong: Skull Island, and it was a pretty sharp change in tone from the film’s teaser trailer. While audiences are certainly accustomed to dark and gritty blockbusters by now, and have Peter Jackson’s loving and classical King Kong remake still in their minds, Skull Island puts a very different spin not just on the King Kong story but on the blockbuster genre in general. The film takes place in the 1970s, in the midst of the Vietnam War, and features a disparate group of people exploring Skull Island—from Samuel L. Jackson’s military commander to Brie Larson’s photojournalist.
This new trailer is equal parts funny, strange, and scary, with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts—a newcomer to the studio system with only one Sundance indie under his belt (The Kings of Summer)—crafting an incredibly vibrant, diverse palette that’s not afraid to get showy.
It also might not surprise you to learn that Vogt-Roberts worked with cinematographer Larry Fong on this film, who also shot Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 300, and Super 8. This seems like an excellent fit for Fong who honed his slow-motion skills working with Zack Snyder, but who gets a chance to play around with color tones in a really interesting way with Kong.
I’m not entirely sure if Vogt-Roberts’ vision for Kong: Skull Island will pay off—it could be so diverse in tone that it fails to find its footing—but I’m certainly intrigued and excited by this most recent trailer. And in an effort to take a closer look at what we as audience members can expect, below we’ve included a bevy of screenshots from the trailer that allow us to soak in that sun-drenched aesthetic.
Check out the images below, and click for high-resolution. The film also stars Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Thomas Mann, Shea Whigham, Toby Kebbell, and Eugene Cordero. Kong: Skull Island opens in theaters on March 10, 2017.