Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Kong: Skull Island, the 1970s-set blockbuster reimagining of the King Kong mythos. 11 years after Peter Jackson‘s remake, Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will resurrect the franchise with the tale of a diverse team of explorers who venture deep into uncharted territory and find themselves intruding into the realm of the mythic Kong.
And this is a Kong unlike any we’ve seen before. Not just two to five times the height of a human being, Kong: Skull Island’s title monster will clock in at 100-feet tall. Clearly the intention this time around is not to create a creature which is just similar enough to humans to allow for empathy between the species, but to bulk up the classic movie monster so that he can more convincingly go toe-to-toe with Warner Bros. building-sized behemoth, Godzilla. The result is the look and feel of a monster movie from a bygone era, albeit with modern machinery and effects bringing the story to life. It looks like good popcorn fun.
Check out the Kong: Skull Island trailer below. Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson head up the all-star cast (though they get no dialogue in this first trailer) alongside Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman (who do all the talking), and 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.
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Here’s the official synopsis for Kong: Skull Island:
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Kong: Skull Island” reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific—as beautiful as it is treacherous—unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.