With Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island to go into production this fall, casting news for the reboot has been coming thick and fast, with rumours in previous weeks suggesting that Samuel L Jackson (The Avengers) and John C. Reilly (Wreck-It Ralph) were joining the cast. We now hear from The Hollywood Reporter that Doctor Doom (Fantastic Four) himself, Toby Kebbell, has entered negotiations for an unknown role in a ‘Monster Movie’ with The Kings of Summer director.
Although this could indicate his involvement in the project, it is unknown what role he would fill in the film; Birth Movies Death has theorized that he could be taking on the role of mo-capping Kong himself. This is not out of the realm of possibilities given that Kebbell took a crash course along side the master-of-mo-cap Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Ring) when they squared off against each other as warring apes Koba and Cesar in Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).
If true, this would create a interesting parallel given that Serkis played the great ape in Peter Jackson’s King Kong back in 2005 alongside Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrian Brody. With a teacher such as Serkis, Kebbell will be standing on the shoulders of giants should he secure the role. And with the critical flop of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four (2015) on his recent resume, a blockbuster with the potential to secure him a future franchise placement could be what he needs to put the talented actor’s career back on track.