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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.

Michael Keaton the Latest to Join “Kong: Skull Island” Expedition

For a film that we know surprisingly little about, there’s a lot of reasons to get excited about Legendary’s upcoming project Kong: Skull Island. Well, there were actually three reasons to get excited: Kong, obviously, Thor villain Tom Hiddleston and Whiplash Villain J.K Simmons are all on board. But now we have another name joining the expedition onto the prehistoric island: that’s right, it’s history’s greatest Michael, Birdman‘s Michael Keaton!

Keaton is currently in talks to finalise his role in the film that will act as a prequel to King Kong and take place almost completely on the great ape’s original stomping ground.

Who will he be playing? Well, there’s really nothing to go on character-wise right now, for any of the actors involved. But that’ not necessarily a bad thing: For such a well known franchise, there’s really nothing that we can knowingly expect from this film, aside from the ape himself. So, much like Rise of the Planet of the Apes, We could be seeing a much-loved concept combined with an entirely original storyline and batch of characters.

Let’s not forget that the actors now named in this project have all had a great twelve months – we’ll most likely be seeing Simmons and Hiddleston in the Oscar race considering the hefty dose of awards buzz they’ve gotten so far. Unfortunately, Hiddleston’s Only Lovers Left Alive may not have been timed quite right for a nomination, especially considering the competition from Selma, The Imitation Game and Theory of Everything later in the year. But he is in the next Avengers film, so he’ll probably be fine. So there’s no doubt in the strength of the cast – all we need now is a story. Unfortunately, since release for this particular creature feature won’t be util March 2017, we’ll be waiting a while for that trailer.

Kong: Skull Island will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts of Kings of Summer fame with a script from John Gatins (Real Steel) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla).

Are you digging Keaton in Skull Island?