Undoubtedly, one of this year's most highly-anticipated releases is Warner Bros' Kong: Skull Island, which will see the return of the iconic #KingKong on screen. With it's March release imminent, director Jordan Vogt Roberts released three brand new posters for the epic film, as well as teasing us with a promise of something else new coming this week. And looking at the posters, I am even more excited to see Kong's return to the big screen.
Check out the first brand new poster below:
Just as you'd expect, the Eighth Wonder of the World looks like his usual ferocious self, angry that the humans have invaded his sacred territory of Skull Island. Just as we have seen in all the promotional footage so far, Kong is simply terrifying, and has no problem taking out a few helicopters in order to prove that he truly is King of the island.
However, the next poster paints a very different picture:
While the rest of the cast appear in the Skull Island logo, the most striking thing about the first glorious new image is Brie Larson's prominence. Both her and Kong are featured separately and the iconic ape appears rather calm as Larson's character caresses his face. While we don't know how this could develop, it reminds us of the Eighth Wonder Of The World's history with female leads, and raises the question if Larson could end up charming the beast in Skull Island.
Beauty & The Beast
King Kong has an illustrious cinematic history, having appeared on the big screen 6 times — most of which featured his attraction to the female lead. Whether it's the beautiful actress Ann Darrow from the 1933 original and 2005 remake, or the illusive Dwan from the 1976 remake, Kong can't help but be stunned by his human female counterparts.
In fact, in all three direct tellings of the legendary story, the beast roams the streets of New York City to track down his beauty — now that's commitment!
The brand new Skull Island poster reminds us of Kong's well-documented history with the leading ladies of his films, and although we previously didn't know how much of a role Brie Larson's character could play in the upcoming film, it seems she too might just have a connection with the ape. Will history repeat itself in the reboot?
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Will Weaver Charm The Beast?
In almost every single piece of footage we have seen of Kong: Skull Island so far, Kong himself is downright frightening — evidenced by his anger in the second new image. The Eighth Wonder Of The World is more terrifying than ever as he destroys helicopters, beats his chest and emerges from a sea of fire. So it's understandable that we are left wondering if there is any possible way for him to see the humans as allies rather than threats. But perhaps that's where Brie Larson comes in.
Check out the official trailer below:
Larson portrays a character named Weaver — a peace activist and war photojournalist. While we don't know too much about her role or prominence in the film, we do know that she ends up stranded on the island with everyone else. But as far as we were concerned, she was just one of the many headlining stars in the ensemble film alongside Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman. However, is it possible that she has much more of a role, and is capable of doing something that none of the male leads could do — charm the beast?
In previous King Kong films, the ape has shown a softer side when he is around his muse — the woman he has fallen in love with. But in all the Skull Island trailers and posters we have seen so far, all we see is the largest Kong yet ferociously destroying everything in his wake. However, in the trailer there is a moment when he at least looks calm, and that is when he is staring at Weaver. Is the new poster a reference to this scene, and furthermore, a sign of Larson's more significant role?
So the question is — will Skull Island take inspiration from the previous King Kong films and in doing so feature Larson's character charming the beast? It should be noted that Kong's love for his female captive usually leads to his death, but as this is not only a prequel but a franchise starter, it's unlikely that this Kong will be sacrificing his life for anybody.
The new Kong: Skull Island posters have certainly aroused our suspicions, especially when it comes to Brie Larson's character — Weaver. After all, instead of making us all cry with #horror, the Eighth Wonder Of The World is oddly relaxed looking in the poster which features her. And this might just be down to the fact that Weaver is caressing the menacing beast's face, making us wonder if he will end up falling for her. After his long cinematic history with females, it makes us wonder — will beauty charm the beast one more time?
Do you think beauty will once again charm the beast in Kong: Skull Island? Let us know in the comments below!
[Source: Jordan Vogt Roberts' official Instagram]