Meet Kong From Skull Island

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Well, Kong certainly looks like he is going to lay some massive smackdowns right now.

The first official image of what Kong will look like in the upcoming Kong: Skull Island b has been released in an interview exclusive done by Entertainment Weekly.  C. Molly Smith of EW took the time to interview Kong director Jordan Vogt-Roberts where he explained what exactly was taking place in this scene where we meet Kong:

That sequence comes from a point in the movie where you’re not quite sure who Kong is, what his purpose is, how people should be perceiving him. Through the folly of man, where our initial instinct is to attack anything that is not a known quantity, both sides jump the gun, Kong and the humans, and it kicks off a relatively messy engagement. At first, of course you’re going to perceive something like that as a terrible threat and monster — the physicality of him alone.

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Considering how misunderstood the infamous character has been, it would make sense for the director to go a very violent route for both sides – Kong and the humans – when they discover each other’s presence.That violence may do some good in creating a distinctive difference between Vogt-Roberts’ Kong and previous incarnations of Kong, in particular Peter Jackson’s version.

In Peter Jackson’s version of the film, there was a sense that Kong was dangerous, but very much humanized as well. He didn’t go out of his way to injure humans, despite evidence that he was given human sacrifices earlier on in the film. A significant part for Vogt-Roberts in designing his version of Kong was to create a similar emotional response from people while also making sure that he emphasized the threatening nature of the creature:

A huge part of the movie was designing him and creating the creature so that when you did see him it sort of short circuited your brain and was divisive to people, where certain people immediately say ‘That’s a threat,’ certain people immediately say, ‘That’s a God,’ certain people immediately say, ‘That’s a savior.’ Visually and instantly, what happens when you see this thing towering over you and what is your sort of emotional and intellectual response?

via EW

Tom Hiddleston will be starring in the film, joined by Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, and Toby Kebbell. Kong: Skull Island will be released in theaters on March 10, 2017.

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