Larson and Crowe are in talks to join King Kong origin tale Kong: Skull Island.

In today’s exciting casting news, Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island potentially has a female lead in Brie Larson. Larson, hot off the heels of a successful role in this summer’s Trainwreck, is said to be close to sealing the deal on the eagerly anticipated film. This would be her first blockbuster film as she has typically chosen smaller, more dramatic roles. Larson will be joining Tom Hiddleston, who joined some time ago.

The film has had some casting shakeups, with J.K. Simmons and Michael Keaton bowing out due to scheduling conflicts. Producers are also courting Russell Crowe to fill the role.

Production will begin late this year or early next year, with a March 10, 2017 release on the slate. The film is also being heavily marketed in the Imax 3D vein. According to Deadline, “Kong: Skull Island will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the iconic ape as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.”

Are you excited to see the next installment of the King Kong story come to life?

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