Announced at Comic-Con 2014, Legendary has now secured both a lead actor and a director for it's King Kong origin movie Skull Island.

Tom Hiddleston, who has gone onto gain worldwide fame playing Loki in Thor and Marvel's The Avengers, will take the lead in Skull Island. There are no further details about his character at this time.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who directed last summer's sleeper hit The Kings of Summer, is taking the reins on this jungle adventure which will delve into the many monsters occupying Skull Island. The director is behind the upcoming Metal Gear Solid movie for Sony, and helmed the pilot episode of FX's You're the Worst.

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He announced himself as director with this tweet:

Skull Island will follow King Kong through his early years, and will not leave this sanctuary, home to giant dinosaurs and reptiles. It will be a mysterious place, with the goal of the movie being to bring the same scope and style as other Legendary releases, such as 2014's Godzilla and 2013's Pacific Rim.

Universal will release King Kong in November of 2016.

Here is the official press release:

Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year's San Diego Comic Con with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. Universal Pictures will distribute the film on November 4, 2016.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed and executive produced the Sundance darling TThe Kings of Summer.  He has also directed the pilot and multiple episodes of FX's new series You're the Worst and is set to direct Metal Gear Solid for Sony. His other credits include directing the pilot of Cocked for Amazon Studios and directing and executive producing the concert documentary no_tv: Nick Offerman: American Ham. He is represented by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorneys Alan Wertheimer and Andy Gawker.

 Tom Hiddleston's credits include Midnight in Paris, Only Lovers Left Alive, and War Horse. He is also known for portraying Thor's nemesis and brother, Loki, in Marvel's Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and Marvel's The Avengers. Upcoming projects include Legendary's gothic horror Crimson Peak from director Guillermo del ToroBen Wheatley's adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High-Rise and Marc Abraham's Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light.

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