‘Kong: Skull Island’ Adds ‘Fantastic Four’ Star Toby Kebbell
Toby Kebbell isn’t a hugely well-known actor in the U.S. — although he did impress audiences last year in the mo-cap role of Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the actor was somewhat wasted in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four. Hopefully his immense talents will be far better utilized next year, as Kebbell goes from Koba to Kong in Kong: Skull Island.
THR reports that Kebbell has joined the cast of the upcoming film alongside Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston and Straight Outta Compton’s Corey Hawkins. Kebbell has delivered some incredible performances over the years, notably in Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla and a stunning episode of the BBC sci-fi series Black Mirror. Up next, Kebbell stars in Ben-Hur and Duncan Jones’ Warcraft.
We don’t know much about Skull Island’s plot or characters just yet, though it will explore King Kong’s mythology and the island he calls home. John C. Reilly and Samuel L. Jackson are also reportedly in talks to star in the film, with Jackson eyeing the role vacated by J.K. Simmons.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing the film, which recently tapped Jurassic World scribe Derek Connolly to polish the script — previous versions of the screenplay were written by Max Borenstein (Godzilla), John Gatins (Flight) and Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler). Production is set to begin in Hawaii in October.
Kong: Skull Island hits theaters on March 10, 2017.