The trailers for the upcoming film Kong: Skull Island have featured the King of the Apes in action, but few details on the characters in the film are known at this point. Now, while still sworn to some level of secrecy, star Corey Hawkins offered some details on his character and discussed the tone of the film during Fox network’s TCA session.
Hawkins explained how the film’s setting will inform his character.
“I can’t say the name of the character, but I can say that he is a young geologist. You know, the movie is set during the Vietnam War era, and he’s a young Yale graduate who is on this adventure, this trip to this island that hasn’t been discovered yet. And again, it being set during the Vietnam War era, you can’t just go on Google and go ‘Oh the island actually is there!’ This is a time where people were still discovering certain parts of our worlds and cultures and things, so that myth and mythology is still there. And he’s very much a part of that myth and mythology, and trying to put a rhyme and reason to the goings on.”
The second trailer for the film offered both serious moments of peril and comedic breaks from actor John C. Reilly. Hawkins explained that the film will balance both dark and lighter tones.
The tone of the movie is the tone of the set. There were serious undercurrents of shooting this film, and then there was shooting with these guys — you’ve seen the cast — it was one of those journeys. And I got to work with Jason Mitchell again, which was in Compton with me, and it was one of those journeys where we got the opportunity to find the light moments. It can’t be all serious at all times, and I think in our darkest moments you have to find the humor and the lightness. I think that’s something with Eric Carter that we’re finding on [24: Legacy], where it’s a little different from the 24 that we knew. I mean, there’s not a lot of time for humor, but sometimes humor is necessary to get you through. It’s honest.”
With the question on balancing serious and fun tones being a frequent source of debate among audiences, particularly with recent blockbusters, it is somewhat refreshing to hear that Kong: Skull Island will try to strike an even balance.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Kong: Skull Island” reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific—as beautiful as it is treacherous—unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, Tom Wilkinson and John C Reilly.
Kong: Skull Island will be released in theaters on March 10,2017.