In talking to Tom Hiddleston for Ben Wheatley‘s sci-fi drama High-Rise and Marc Abraham‘s Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light as part of his Toronto International Film Festival rounds, Steve got the beloved Marvel villain actor to comment on a pair of his upcoming genre pictures. First up is Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ Kong: Skull Island for Universal, followed by the third installment of Marvel’s Thor franchise.
Though the cast and crew are set for Kong: Skull Island, which will follow a team of explorers who journey to the mysterious, exotic, and creature-filled title location that just happens to be the home of King Kong, little is known about the characters. Hiddleston sheds a little light on his heroic, adventurous role. Check out what Hiddleston had to say in the video interview, and continue reading below for his quotes:
Tom Hiddleston: Well, Kong: Skull Island is the next thing on the books. It’s so exciting. I’ve been digging around in some dark material, to be honest. There’s something very heroic about my character in Skull Island. He’s an adventurer, he’s an explorer. I mean, it’s a King Kong film. There we go. [laughs]
The way Jordan Vogt-Roberts has conceived of it, there’s something in there which I find very compelling about King Kong as an emblem of the power of nature in some way, and man’s relationship to it. I think he’s got just brilliant ideas about exploring that. Incredible sequences, a particular context they put King Kong in that you’ve never see him in before, so I’m really excited.
Amazing actors. I’m working with Brie Larson, Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell from Straight Outta Compton are going to be in it.
Hiddleston briefly touches on the fact that Kong: Skull Island does indeed have a certain time period in mind, but he’s not willing (or able) to tell us just when that is yet:
Is it a period film or is it going to be modern day?
Hiddleston: I don’t know if I’m supposed to reveal that to you. There is a period, but I don’t want to reveal what it is yet.
Indeed, J.K. Simmons (who’s no longer with the project) previously revealed that Skull Island takes place in 1971 around Detroit for part of the film, but it’s possible the date and/or location have been changed since then. Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) recently came on to do a pass on the screenplay.
As for Marvel’s plans for Thor: Ragnarok, Hiddleston was a bit more guarded (he’s a seasoned Marvel veteran by this point):
Have to ask, Marvel’s been making some great movies lately. Have you read the script for the next Thor installment? What can you tease people?
Hiddleston: I’m sorry to say I have nothing to give you. I literally have nothing. I don’t know what’s happening. [laughs] That’s what I know, that’s literally the limits of what I know.
Are you near the end of the Marvel run? How many more do you have?
Hiddleston: Honestly, I don’t know. It’s all in Kevin Feige’s brain. It feels like the Marvel Universe is expanding at such a rate, and I wish – I’m not being coy – I don’t know where Loki fits into that. So we’ll see. Your guess is as good as mine.
It’s no surprise that Hiddleston’s being nearly as inscrutable as his villainous Marvel character when it comes to revealing the movie’s secrets, but I’d be willing to bet that Loki will yet have an important part to play in the cinematic universe. Hiddleston’s popularity is something the movie studio wants to keep in their pocket, so a little Loki love here and there will help that good will go a long way.
Are you more excited to see Hiddleston in High-Rise or I Saw the Light? What about Kong: Skull Island or Thor: Ragnarok? Let us know in the comments!