Tom Hiddleston to Star in Legendary's 'King Kong' Origins Film 'Skull Island'

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Indie director Jordan Vogt-Roberts ('The Kings of Summer') will helm

Tom Hiddleston has signed on to star in Legendary's King Kong origins story Skull Island, which will be directed by indie helmer Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

Legendary announced plans to tackle the film -- based on an original script by MaxBorenstein -- during Comic Con in July. Previous King Kong film incarnations have touched on the mysterious island, but Legendary sparked to a full exploration of the story that parallels its other monster-themed productions. Universal Pictures, which owns the rights to some King Kong films and their ancillary rights, will distribute the Skull Island on Nov. 4, 2016.

Hiddleston is best known for playing Thor’s nemesis and brother, Loki, in Marvel’s ThorThor: The Dark World and The Avengers but will now switch to the King Kong universe in an unspecified role. Legendary already enjoys a relationship with Hiddleston, as the British actor will co-star in its upcoming gothic horror film Crimson Peak from director Guillermo del Toro.

Vogt-Roberts, who directed and executive produced the Sundance darling The Kings of Summer, will make the switch to the big-budget tentpole sphere with Skull Island. He also directed the pilot and multiple episodes of FX’s new series You're the Worst. His other credits include directing the pilot of Cocked for Amazon Studios and directing and executive producing the concert documentary Nick Offerman: American Ham. He has at least one other studio film on his horizon, as is set to direct Metal Gear Solid for Sony.

He is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and attorneys Alan Wertheimer and Andy Gawker.

Hiddleston's credits include in Midnight in Paris, Only Lovers Left Alive and War Horse. Upcoming projects include Ben Wheatley's adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High-Rise and Marc Abraham's Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light.

He is handled by WME, Hamilton Hodell and Authentic Management. 

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