The most striking thing about the new Kong: Skull Island trailer isn’t King Kong himself, though director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) was right when he promised “the biggest Kong that you’ve seen on screen.” He’s enormous, especially when impaling helicopters with palm trees. Nor is it John C. Reilly’s beard, which is so big and bushy it rivals Kong himself as the film’s most impressive technical feat. No, what’s most striking in this trailer is Brie Larson, whose presence confirms her place in the mountain, so to speak.
Up until now, we’ve mostly seen Larson in quaint little indies. But after last year’s Oscar win for The Room, Hollywood came calling, and, well, we now have Larson in a King Kong movie, ladies and gentlemen. In it, she plays a war photographer alongside fellow newly-minted movie star Tom Hiddleston, both of whom must travel to an exotic island because, well, white people like to conquer things. Of course, once there, they quickly discover that the island isn’t quite for the taking.
John Goodman and Samuel L. Jackson round out the cast in what is the latest artfully realized monster movie reboot, following Gareth Edwards’ 2014 film Godzilla. And though Kong takes place in the 1970s, the two monsters are scheduled to meet in the inevitable crossover movie Godzilla vs. Kong, due in 2020. Unfortunately, Larson will be busy playing Captain Marvel by then, but hopefully, they can secure John C. Reilly’s beard.
Watch the trailer for Kong: Skull Island above.