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“Compton” Star Jason Mitchell Heads for “Skull Island”

Jason Mitchell will join Straight Outta Compton¬†co-star Corey Hawkins on an¬†expedition to King Kong’s island getaway.

There’s no stopping the unparalleled success of Straight Outta Compton. The biopic’s stock keeps on rising and it’s getting the clout it deserves from critics and audiences alike. So it’s no surprise when the stars of the film start getting snatched up by other projects at record pace.

One project is winning out in the Compton star grab, and that’s Skull Island. Not only did they enlist the services of Corey Hawkins, but now they’ve also eyed his co-star Jason Mitchell.

The latest news is that Mitchell is currently in negotiations for a role on the film, so nothing is written in blood as yet.

While we already had a few names attached to the King Kong reboot, it was a little light in the actor department. So it makes sense that they’d be staking out big ticket projects to fill out the ranks.

Mitchell, who plays Eazy-E in the NWA biopic, is set to play a wise-cracking pilot in Skull Island. The part is bound to be more three dimensional than that (we hope), since Mitchell is in high demand and has earned some well-deserved clout from Compton.

Mitchell and Hawkins will be joined by Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Toby Kebbell. Samuel L Jackson, John C Reilly and Tom Wilkinson are also in talks to star in the monster expedition. The team will venture to the enigmatic island that houses legendary beast and WWF spokesman King Kong. There are no specifics on any of the actors’ characters as yet, but the movie is still a couple of years away.

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will begin shooting in a matter of weeks, with a script from the likes of Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly and John Gatins.

Hopefully we’ll have more news on this project from Legendary soon.

Watch this space for the hairiest, latest movie news.

Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly Find “Intelligent Life” After “Jurassic World”

Well we’re only a few months away from catching the latest Dino-disaster movie Jurassic World, so I hope you’re suitably psyched for that. Along with Star Wars The Force Awakens finally landing at Christmas time, this is going to be a good year for reinventing classic franchises. But the question remains, what are Jurassic World remakers Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly going to work in afterwards? Well you can take that question, stick it in the toaster and butter it with some delicious full fat answers. I haven’t had breakfast yet.

Empire News reports that the writing team are looking to reshape an earlier idea of theirs over at Dreamworks once Jurassic World is finished up. The story was originally intended to be a followup to Safety Not Guaranteed, the film Trevorrow and Connolly made right before they were brought on to fix and make Jurassic World. If you haven’t seen Safety, it’s a very funny and soulful time travel film starring Aubrey Plaza as a journalism intern investigating a man played by Mark Duplass who puts an ad in a newspaper for a time travelling companion. It was a big part of what got them the dinosaur gig so I would definitely recommend checking it out.

This new/old idea will revolve around a UN employee who works for a department looking to make contact with extra terrestrial life, who then falls in love with a woman who turns out to be one of these aliens. Originally this was planned as a thematic sequel to Safety called The Ambassador, but now it’s reported the project will be called Intelligent life.

Trevorrow and Connolly proved with Safety Not Guaranteed that they can take a strong independent approach to a Sci-fi concept without leaning too heavily on the Sci-fi. It’s rare to see film-makers go back to projects that they were passionate about but didn’t have time to make, so it’ll be intriguing to see what they would have potentially been working on if Jurassic World had never been offered to them. There is no confirmation of how much the script or the plot have changed in the interim, but hopefully any alterations will be a product of good hindsight. No cast confirmed either, but you’ll know when we know. Until then, check out Safety Not Guaranteed. If you’ve already watched it, there are lots of books. Seriously there are like millions of books.