King Kong rampaging back into cinemas

King Kong as he appears in his latest cinematic reboot.
King Kong as he appears in his latest cinematic reboot.

A stylish new trailer has unveiled the latest take on one of cinema's most loved monsters.

Kong: Skull Island is the latest update of the classic primate. Set in the 1970s, the movie sees a group of explorers and army personnel brought together to investigate an uncharted island in the Pacific, where they run foul of the giant Kong.

The trailer highlights the film's all-star cast, including Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly. The trailer shows that Kong will not be the only monster they have to deal with, with a number of other CG threats challenging the stranded explorers.

Hiddleston made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to premiere the trailer. He even wore a monkey suit to mark the occasion.

King Kong first appeared in 1933. The character instantly became an icon for the scene where the giant ape carries blonde beauty Ann Darrow up the Empire State Building. The character last appeared in Peter Jackson's 2005 remake, which was filmed in New Zealand.

This latest remake will form part of a cinematic universe with Warner Bros other big monster movie, Godzilla. The two monsters will reunite in 2020 in Godzilla vs Kong, which will serve as a sequel to this movie and 2014's Godzilla reboot.

Kong swings into theatres on March 17.

- NZ Herald

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