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Michael Keaton and JK Simmons are out of Kong: Skull Island

07.01.2015

Well, I suppose it was just too good to last! Two of last year's Oscar worthy actors were being lined up to join Tom Hiddleston in Jordan Vogt-Roberts' KONG: SKULL ISLAND. The actors in question were Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons, respectively. Unfortunately for audiences, both actors have now left the project.

The Hollywood Reporter cites scheduling conflicts to be the main factor in Keaton and Simmons not taking part, as the film was scheduled to shoot this Fall and has now been pushed back to the end of the year. With the release date as unflinchingly rigid as Peter Jackson's inability to deliver a film in under 2 hours (I jest), we can expect Legendary Pictures to find some replacements ASAP.

While Hiddleston is an exciting prospect for leading man material, it was Keaton and Simmons rounding out the cast that really garnered my interest. Simmons in particular seemed very excited that the story would be taking place in 1970s Detroit, so that he could catch some baseball games. Something about period pieces fits Kong like a glove, but if I was a betting man, I'd say that the second film will still have him running into a certain lizard that's pretty popular at Legendary right now...

KONG: SKULL ISLAND is scheduled to hit theaters on March 10, 2017.

J.K. Simmons would have torn Kong a new one.

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3:18PM on 07/01/2015
Disappointing to say the least.
Disappointing to say the least.
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3:17PM on 07/01/2015
Well that sucks. They are going to have to up the ante on actors.
Well that sucks. They are going to have to up the ante on actors.
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2:23PM on 07/01/2015
Fine with that, for me, these are the types of films that many actors are capable of doing. Would much rather see them both do more interesting, character driven work. Keeping hope alive that Keaton will somehow end up with an Oscar still
Fine with that, for me, these are the types of films that many actors are capable of doing. Would much rather see them both do more interesting, character driven work. Keeping hope alive that Keaton will somehow end up with an Oscar still
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1:18PM on 07/01/2015
My interest level just plummeted.
My interest level just plummeted.
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1:04PM on 07/01/2015

Damn, those guys were the main reason I was excited about this one.

Could still turn out cool though, the comic it's based on was pretty good. Also I'm pretty sure Simmons was joking when he told it was set in 1970's Detroit.
Could still turn out cool though, the comic it's based on was pretty good. Also I'm pretty sure Simmons was joking when he told it was set in 1970's Detroit.
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1:00PM on 07/01/2015

"King Kong ain't got nothin on me!" JK Simmons

Ha! Maybe Hugh Laurie and Sam Neill?
Ha! Maybe Hugh Laurie and Sam Neill?
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