Everyone has been so excited about the Godzilla Vs Kong announcement made last week that some fans have forgotten a full-blown King Kong movie is about to start production. And it features Samuel L. Jackson! Kong: Skull Island, which is set in the 70s and takes a group of adventurers to the home of the giant ape, is set to start shooting next week in Hawaii. Reel Tours Hawaii has the first set photos, which find the young cast gathering outside of a helicopter. And even Sam Jackson has a special treat for eager audiences awaiting the return of Kong to the big screen.

It's been ten years since everyone's favorite great ape last appeared on the big screen in 2005's King Kong, directed by Peter Jackson. He is now set to return in an all-new adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, best known for his coming-of-age summer dramedy The Kings of Summer. Legendary and Warner Bros. have big plans for the gigantic Hominoidea, who is being fully indoctrinated into the rebooted Godzilla universe. Kong: Skull Island will arrive in March 2017, followed by Godzilla 2 in June of 2018. Then, both monsters will clash in the title bout Godzilla Vs Kong, set for release on 2020.

Kong: Skull Island will give us a backstory on the King. The story centers on a group of explores who travel to Kong's mysterious homeland, which is filled with plenty of other dangers, like giant snakes and dinosaurs. The film begins in 1970s Detroit, giving the reboot a very distinct setting. Tom Hiddleston leads an ensemble cast that also includes Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman. The film also reunites Straight Outta Compton co-stars Corey Antonio Hawkins, who played Dr. Dre, and Jason Mitchell, who played Eazy-E. We get to see both actors in one of the set photos that arrived late last night.

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Also in the first cast photo is Samuel L. Jackson, Shea Whigham and Thomas Mann. As Sam Jackson notes, they are about to board a vintage Helicopter.The other two set photos show off a giant skull littering the Hawaiian landscape, helping the movie to truly earn its name. The main thrust of the plot finds the Skull Island team leader setting off for the treacherous, primordial isle in search of his brother and a mythical serum. Along the way, his men must confront extraordinary creatures the likes of which have never been seen before by humans.

Also appearing in the movie are Tian Jing, John Ortiz and Toby Kebbell, who knows a thing or two about apes after appearing as Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Kong: Skull Island is written by John Gatins and Max Borenstein. Legendary's John Jashni and Thomas Tull are producing alongside Mary Parent. The story will connect to the monster-hunting organization Monarch as seen in last summer's American Godzilla reboot, with that thread weaving through the rest of the upcoming movies set within this big screen universe. Take a look as the crew behind Kong: Skull Island prepare to start shooting next week.

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