Is Michael Keaton joining Tom Hiddleston in Kong: Skull Island?

The Birdman actor is reportedly in talks to join the King Kong origins film

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The cast of King Kong prequel Kong: Skull Island looks to be shaping up nicely, with former Batman star Michael Keaton reportedly set to sign on the dotted line.

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Currently creating awards buzz for his turn in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s big-screen hit Birdman, Keaton is in talks to sign up alongside leading man Tom Hiddleston (Thor, Only Lovers Left Alive) and JK Simmons (Whiplash), according to Deadline.

The film isn’t expected to be released until 10th March 2017 and no details have yet emerged about the individual roles. What we do know of director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’s story is that it will focus on a team of eager explorers venturing deep into the home of the king of the apes. That’s bound to go well, isn’t it?

It’s been ten years since Peter Jackson’s 2005 King Kong reboot starring Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody and Jack Black, and judging by the excitement surrounding upcoming dino sequel Jurassic World, man vs killer animals could be big news for the box office once again. In fact, it looks like dinosaurs will make an appearance in Skull Island, too. Double whammy.

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Keaton himself is keeping us guessing in terms of his recent role choices. His tortured tun in Birdman is being followed by, among others, a voice over in Minions, the spin-off from animated family favourite Despicable Me. Why not a creature-filled hit, next? Let’s just get that Birdman Oscar sorted first though, eh?