First Look at Kong: Skull Island’s iconic ape

Here’s our first official look at King Kong in ‘Kong: Skull Island’.


He’s here - King Kong is back in the upcoming monster movie, ‘Kong: Skull Island’. Heading back to the island where Kong was found, the upcoming film stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Toby Kebbell and Samuel L. Jackson as humanity encounters the ape for the first time.

And now we can encounter Kong for the first time, too.

Officially unveiled by Entertainment Weekly, the image features a close up of ‘Skull Island’s iconic gargantuan movie monster…

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As well as this cool first look photo, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has opened up about what makes his version of King Kong different… and even what makes him tick.

“There’s been obviously so many different versions of him in the past and ours needed to feel unique to our film,” he explained. “I had a mandate that I wanted a kid to be able to doodle him on the back of a piece of homework and for his shapes to be simple and hopefully iconic enough that, like, a third grader could draw that shape and you would know what it is.”

“A big part of our Kong was I wanted to make something that gave the impression that he was a lonely God,” he added. “He was a morose figure, lumbering around this island.”


The director goes on to explain that their version of King Kong pays homage to the 1933 black and white version. By putting Kong back on two feet as opposed to scrambling around on all fours, they hope to give him a more unique feel - that this isn’t just a big ape, but a different species altogether.

Something very god-like.

But much like the classic versions of King Kong, this ape is just as lonely.

“Kong’s always been a little bit tragic,” he explained. “You can’t tell exactly from the still, but the way that he walks on the island, the way that he goes from place to place, I wanted to communicate something about his headspace and about the way that, in certain ways, he’s the protector of this island and then in other ways he’s killing time.”

“The way he lumbers, the way that he drags himself from place to place, there’s an exhaustion to him,” he added. “There’s obviously a huge power to him, but there’s a sadness contained within his animation. The way that he walks and his facial capture fused with this very energetic, young Kong at the same time.”

‘Kong: Skull Island’ heads to cinemas on 10 March 2017.

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Picture Credit: Warner Bros.