Coming off both a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination this week for his work in “Whiplash,” actor J.K. Simmons recently spoke with MTV about his casting in Legendary’s upcoming King Kong prequel/spin-off film “Kong: Skull Island”.
The official synopsis says the film will “fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.” However, a big attraction for Simmons is not the property but the new take on the material. There’s also an unexpected period setting – specifically 1971:
“When it first came to my attention, ‘There’s interest in you for a new King Kong,’ I thought, ‘Okay…Why?’ But then I met with Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who’s going to be directing it and John Gatins, who’s writing and Tom (Hiddleston). Jordan was just so passionate and so smart.
There’s such an interesting, new take on it. It’s set in Detroit in 1971, which is where I grew up. We’re going to shoot it in Detroit during baseball season, so I’ll be able to go to Tigers games! There’s a lot to like about this movie.”
How much of the story will be set in Detroit isn’t known at this point. Michael Keaton entered talks last week to join Simmons and Hiddleston on the movie which is due out March 10th 2017.