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So far, the casting process for Universal's [Kong: Skull Island](tag:1139115) has been a bit of a revolving door, with both Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons exiting stage left last month. But with Simmons' fiery brand of acting leaving the picture, Deadline is reporting that the studio has turned to Samuel L. Jackson to take his place.

While Jackson isn't a lock for the role, the man has seemingly never said no to a blockbuster role that's hugely entertaining, so this appears to be right up his alley.

As far as the part vacated by Michael Keaton, sources say the studio is eyeballing a few actors to take his place with John C. Reilly at the top of the list.

If Jackson and Reilly are added to the cast, they'll be joining a talented one that already includes Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World, Only Lovers Left Alive), Brie Larson (Trainwreck), Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton), and the newly-signed Tom Wilkinson (Selma, The Grand Budapest Hotel).

Kong: Skull Island is set to be released on March 10, 2017.


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