Bad news for Kong: Skull Island. Two of their previously booked star actors are bailing on the film, and they've both been nominated (and one of them won) for Oscars. Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons are cutting ties from the King Kong based film for "scheduling conflicts." This news came after the production team pushed back filming from the fall to before the end of the year. Understandably, that could be a major negative for actors who's time is valuable.
Luckily for the film, they still have Tom Hiddleston on board. For reasons somewhat unknown to me, he's a fan favorite in the Moviepilot office, so there's one thing they've got going for them. Of course, he could also bail and they would be left relatively screwed.
Kong: Skull Island is supposed to immerse audiences into the homeland of the King Kong. This could be a serious blockbuster... I mean, it might put up Jurassic World type numbers potentially? It will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and hits theaters on March 10, 2017.
Actors don't really like to be pushed around, so I think this is kind of a power-play on both Oscar nominees' parts. We'll see if they find solid replacements.