Michael Keaton is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Kong: Skull Island, according to Deadline, who had the exclusive on the news.
The Batman actor, who has been receiving high praise for his recent role in Birdman as a Hollywood has-been famous for an old superhero role, is reportedly “finalizing a deal” to join Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) and J.K. Simmons (Juno) in the King Kong feature directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
The film will “fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island,” in a story that “honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline,” according to Legendary Pictures.
Universal Pictures will distribute the Legendary Pictures film, which hits theaters in 3D and IMAX 3D on March 10, 2017 (from its original date of November 4, 2016).
Keaton is up for several best actor awards for Birdman, with many wins already for various Critics awards. The actor, who also starred in 2014’s RoboCop and provided the voice for Ken in 2010’s Toy Story 3, will next be seen in Thomas McCarthy’s Spotlight and is the voice of one of the characters in the upcoming Despicable Me spin-off Minions.