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Brie Larson, Corey Hawkins, and Tom Hiddleston Go Behind the Scenes of Kong: Skull Island

Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island has a stellar cast, bringing Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Wilkinson, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John C. Reilly, and more on the same screen. In this sneak peek, a few members of the cast give us a look at Skull Island and their characters. Larson and Hiddleston comment on this “troop of A-list racehorses” and they both sound very excited about this combination of actors from different parts of the world and different genres.

Hiddleston who plays former British S.A.S. Captain James Conrad introduces “a whole new incarnation” of the iconic character, and says “Kong appears in this film as you’ve never seen him before.” His character apparently knows “the way of the jungle” which makes me think his name is a Heart of Darkness reference, which would be an interesting tone. I’ve written about why one has to be cautious with Conrad and his writing, something that I think should be scrutinized even more with the racist undertones (overtones?) of the King Kong story. I sincerely hope that this movie will be as new and different as it’s marketing itself to be.

Corey Hawkins brings up one way the film is going to be different, sharing that “it’s set in the Vietnam era, so what does that post-traumatic stress do to people? When you add that layer to it, I mean, it makes it a much more interesting story.” His character appears in uniform for several of these shots, so his character might be one exploring this aspect more deeply. His Straight Outta Compton co-star Jason Mitchell plays a helicopter pilot named Glen Mill. He says, “he’s a really funny guy and he has to build courage…it gets pretty intense.”

Larson plays a character named Weaver, whom she describes as “a photo-journalist, peace activist and her sort of position in this film is that she wants to work with the nature and these creatures rather than fight against them.” “Weaver” also seems a bit on the noseit’s clear that she’s going to play a big role in trying to “weave” individuals together and promote peace.

I’m really curious to see how Vogt-Roberts brings together these actors and tries to put a new spin on this old story. What do you think about Kong: Skull Island so far?

(via Slash Film)

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