Kong: Skull Island cast lines up big-name replacements

Replacements for Michael Keaton and JK Simmons line up to head to Kong: Skull Island

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King_KongThere’s been a bit of a casting reshuffle on Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island, as JK Simmons and Michael Keaton left the film due to scheduling conflicts. Now, casting is moving ahead quickly.

Deadline reports that the amazing Brie Larson (Short Term 12, 21 Jump Street) has been confirmed, as has The Walking Dead‘s rising star Corey Hawkins, who’ll shortly appear on our screens as Dr Dre in Straight Outta Compton.

However, Simmons and Keaton’s roles still need to be filled, and the production is eyeing some heavyweights. Russell Crowe was recently rumoured to be circling the film, but it looks like Samuel L Jackson is the frontrunner to replace Simmons. As for Keaton’s role, the site suggests that John C Reilly is the studio’s favourite.

Meanwhile, Tom Wilkinson has also been offered a lead role.

Tom Hiddleston remains attached the film’s lead, and Kong: Skull Island will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings Of Summer) from a script by John Gatins and Max Borenstein in early 2016.

Kong: Skull Island will be released on 10 March 2017 in the UK. Keep up with the latest genre news with the new issue of SciFiNow.