The much-awaited King Kong reboot Kong: Skull Island got its first trailer over the weekend at San Diego’s Comic-Con, and it looks like it’s going to live up to the hype. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has promised us the most immense Kong to hit big screens thus far, and the mammoth ape that appears at the end of the trailer certainly doesn’t disappoint.
Perhaps even more impressive than the beast itself is the ensemble cast lined up to be featured in the film: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Tom Wilkinson and more. Terry Notary, a stunt double and coordinator, portrays the eponymous Kong through motion-capture technology.
Though any new installment of a classic franchise is bound to be vulnerable to the pitfalls of predictability and hackneyed storytelling, it seems that this rendition of the Kong tale is approaching the decades-old story from a new perspective, focusing predominantly on the mythology behind the creature and the consequences of trespassing on the spiritual, mostly untouched homeland of King Kong.
If this iteration of the Kong story excites you, there’s more in store: a Godzilla vs. King Kong movie is in the works, slated for release in 2020. A long wait for sure, but Kong: Skull Island is sure to whet our appetites until then, and we’re excited to get a first glimpse at the beast whose size might rival the colossal, atomic-breathing Godzilla.