If Warner and Legendary’s appropriately monstrous marketing machine for Kong: Skull Island lay dormant since San Diego Comic-Con, over the past few days we’ve seen the movie explode into life, and fans have since poured over each and every frame of that all-too-brief sneak peek. Entertainment Weekly recently took us up close and personal with the 100ft behemoth thanks to a rather striking money shot, and now, we have the mother lode: Skull Island‘s all-new trailer.
Offering up our best look at Kong to date, the sizzle reel is a white-knuckle ride through and through, chronicling the journey of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and their team of fellow explorers as they venture onto the primordial isle. It isn’t long before things go awry, at which point John Goodman’s mysterious Monarch operative warns that monsters are very, very real. Speaking of which, eagle-eyed viewers should be able to spot a few nods to the clandestine organization, which neatly dovetails with the narrative of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot from two years ago.
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That aside, visually speaking, Kong: Skull Island is a Vietnam war movie in all but name – the apache helicopters, the Creedence Clearwater Revival, the underlying notion of venturing into a place where we don’t belong – and Goodman’s Bill Randa perhaps describes the island best as the “place where myth and science meet.”
“What you’re looking at is a monster from some bygone era.” Kong: Skull Island is set to make its mighty debut on March 10, 2017, and aside from Hiddleston, Larson and Goodman, the film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jing Tian, Straight Outta Compton breakout and 24: Legacy star Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham and Toby Kebbell. It’ll mark the second chapter of Legendary and Warner’s shared universe as well, with both Godzilla 2 and Godzilla Vs. Kong – the main event to end all main events – tentatively pegged for 2018 and 2020, respectively.