We could all use a relaxing island getaway right now. But this? This isn’t it. The world’s biggest, baddest, most famous ape is back at it again in the new trailer for Kong: Skull Island, and let’s just say we’re not in the mood for a tropical vacay any time soon.
Here’s what we know so far. The film is set in the 1970s, and follows an expedition of scientists and soldiers on a mysterious island in the South Pacific. Jordan Vogt-Roberts directs, with an A-list cast of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, and John C. Reilly. This trailer follows a debut peek at Kong’s destruction at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The new footage reveals a more light-hearted tone we didn’t see in the first trailer, as well as something more unusual: a good, hard look at the monster.
Most monster movie trailers – and frequently, the monster movies themselves – attempt to keep the beast hidden. It’s both a ploy to pique curiosity and a way to keep terror high. An evil you can’t quite identify is inevitably more fearsome than one you can clearly see. It’s also a handy way to help audiences suspend disbelief – nothing ruins the magic of a monster movie faster than seeing a poorly rendered SFX creature.
Director Vogt-Roberts has previously said that he’s not trying to keep Kong hidden, a promise he’s fully living up to here. The primate is enormous, awe-inspiring, and alarming – a ferocious, formidable foe for Hiddleston and co, accompanied by a variety of other nasty critters who call the island home. Mayhem is definitely on the menu.
Kong: Skull Island will open around the world in March 2017.