The trailer for Kong: Skull Island just debuted at Comic-Con in San Diego today. While we still have until 2017 to wait to see the film, the trailer gives us a glimpse of the chaos that's in store for Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson's characters as they head to Skull Island. This one is a must watch. See it here now!
The footage starts innocently enough. An expedition into the jungle as led by a suspicious Samuel L. Jackson, takes a sharp left turn when a tree, flying through the air, takes out a helicopter. Jackson's character knows that something isn't right about this island they have been asked to visit, and John Goodman begins to lay out exactly WHY the trip is important. Then, at the two-minute mark, we finally get our first real look at "a monster from a bygone era." We get our look at King Kong.
It's crystal clear, from the size and scope of this footage -- and even the visual aesthetic -- that they are trying to mimic what Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) pulled off with the recent Godzilla. Man encounters a mysterious beast, and learns that we are not alone on this planet. We're in the presence of monsters. There's also going to be a battle. "You don't go into someone else's house without picking a fight," one character proclaims, and the benchmark scene in this trailer -- beyond the introduction of Kong -- is his giant mitt smacking a helicopter, sending a soldier flying out into the air.
But most of this also looks like it's limited to Skull Island, which makes it feel a bit like an origin story for King Kong, and something very different from what Peter Jackson recently attempted in his own King Kong film. Though the site of Brie Larson climbing to the top of a rocky peak to possibly communicate with Kong calls to mind everyone from Fay Wray to Naomi Watts.
Here's what we know about Kong: Skull Island. It is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. It's set 25 years after the original King Kong was killed in New York City, and it follows the son of Carl Denham as he tries to solve the mystery of the existence of this fierce creature. The movie co-stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and Toby Kebbell. And this first look has us very excited for the film's potential. It opens everywhere on March 10, 2017. What are your thoughts?
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