KONG SKULL ISLAND: J.K. Simmons Says 'Kong: Skull Island' Is Set In 1970s Detroit

Last month is was announced that J.K. Simmons would star in Kong: Skull Island, alongside Tom Hiddleston. Right now, Simmons is making the rounds at various awards shows due to his spectacular performance in Whiplash, and during one of these red carpets, MTV took a moment to ask about the upcoming Kong. Simmons revealed that the film will be set in 1970s Detroit.

"When it first came to my attention, ‘There’s interest in you for a new ‘King Kong,’ I thought, ‘Okay… Why?’” Simmons explains, “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. It’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!”

Previously titled Skull Island, the movie follows a team of explorers (led by Tom Hiddleston) who travel inside the "treacherous, primordial island." Michael Keaton is rumored to star, but the news is not official yet.

Based on the talent alone, Kong is shaping up to be a major event. Simmons and Hiddleston (and Keaton) are incredibly talented (and likable!) actors. We've also got a great writing team onboard, and a director with a fresh take on an age-old figure.

Kong was recently pushed back from November 2016 to March 10, 2017.


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