The lineup for Kong: Skull Island continues to add new talent, developing an interesting roster long before filming begins. Though it won’t hit theaters until 2017, this action adventure already has the much in-demand Tom Hiddleston (Crimson Peak) starring, with Brie Larson (Trainwreck) and Toby Kebbell (Fantastic Four) rounding out the cast. J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Michael Keaton (Birdman) had been slated to star, but both had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
The project seems to be recovering from losing the two actors in July, and it sounds like another promising young star will soon be joining Skull Island.
According to THR, Jason Mitchell is in talks to join the cast as an “easygoing pilot,” who will presumably be a part of the team of explorers that discover the titular island. Mitchell most recently portrayed rapper Eazy-E in this summer’s very successful Straight Outta Compton.
This would be Mitchell’s second time working with his Compton co-star Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), who is already signed onto the film. While details about the project are scarce, we know it will serve to provide a new spin on the King Kong origin story, with a team of explorers heading to the dangerous Skull Island and encountering the monster. Not much else is known, except that it is set in the 1970s.
Mitchell is still a relative newcomer, as his first film credit came in 2011’s Texas Killing Fields, but the actor is making a large impact. He has already been praised for his outstanding performance in Compton, and he has two interesting movies coming out in the next two years. He’ll be co-starring alongside Emile Hirsch and Zoë Kravitz in the crime drama Vincent-N-Roxxy and, perhaps more impressively, is taking on the lead role of Bud in the upcoming comedy Keanu co-starring Keegan-Michael Key, and was written by Jordan Peele and Alex Rubens. That’s a plum role, and if he is successful will prove he can do drama, comedy, and now with Skull Island, action.
Regardless of his project choices, we will have to wait to see if he has the acting chops to pull off all three genres before crowning him the next great talent, not to mention see how well these movies perform at the box office. Still, it’s an exciting casting choice for the monster movie, and Mitchell seems like a rising star to watch.
Kong: Skull Island is scheduled to premiere March 10th, 2017.