Kong: Skull Island is continuing to round out its main cast, with Michael Keaton finalizing his deal to co-star in the movie. He will join previously announced cast mates J.K. Simmons and Tom Hiddleston. Jordan Vogt-Roberts, best known for his indie hit The Kings of Summer, will direct this King Kong prequel.
There is no character information for Michael Keaton at this time. The screenplay is coming from John Gatins and Max Borenstein. The story will take audiences back to the homeland of Kong, where they will be immersed in the mysteries and dangers that his island has to offer, which includes giant reptiles and dinosaurs. A team of explorers will venture to Skull Island, where they will face many primordial threats. It is believed that J.K. Simmons, Tom Hiddleston and Michael Keaton will make up the core of this group.
Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod are executive producing alongside Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni, who will produce. Universal will release Kong: Skull Island in 3D and IMAX 3D in the spring of 2017. Michael Keaton is coming off a strong performance in Birdman, which may earn him an Oscar nomination for best actor. He recently wrapped shooting on director Thomas McCarthy's Catholic Church child abuse drama Spotlight. He also has a voice a role in in the animated Despicable Me spinoff Minions.