Warner Bros Pictures debuted the latest trailer for King Kong: Skull Island last night on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night talk show. Announced at San Diego Comic-Con in 2014, Skull Island explores the origins of King Kong, similar to Peter Jackson’s 2005 adaptation.
Unlike the previous film, the trailer revealed that while Kong will play a central role, the majority of the plot and conflict will center around the island and the inhabitants that call it home. Alongside the main antagonists, giant bird-like Kaiju nicknamed Skullcrawlers, giant creatures are seen roaming the island, both peacefully (Giant Yak) and violently (Giant Spider).
The sheer scale of the creatures – and the lush environments they inhabit – of Skull Island are simply breathtaking, with King Kong being no exception. Each shot of Kong is truly menacing, especially the scene that displays he is a complete biped creature, as opposed to a quadrupedal that occasionally stands up on his hind legs.
While these aspects create buzz and excitement, the star-studded cast would warrant attention for the film on its own. The cast features veterans such as Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and the quirky John C. Reilly, fans can expect the action they’ve come to expect from King Kong movies as well as much needed comic relief.
Following the disappointing efforts of Godzilla and Pacific Rim at the box office, King Kong: Skull Island hopes to bring new life to the monster genre. With Pacific Rim 2 slated for 2018 and King Kong v Godzilla for 2020, Skull Island has the potential to make or break the Kaiju revitalization movement.
King Kong: Skull Island will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer) and is scheduled to be released March 10, 2017 in 2D, 3D, and Imax 3D. For more information, be sure to stay tuned to The Nerd Stash, and check out the trailer above!