Kong Skull Island Jason Mitchell

Universal may not currently have a Straight Outta Compton sequel in the works, but they’ve just made plans for a Straight Outta Compton reunion. Jason Mitchell, who played Eazy-E, has just boarded Kong: Skull Island alongside Corey Hawkins, who played Dr. Dre. More details on the Kong Skull Island Jason Mitchell casting after the jump. 

THR reports Mitchell is in talks to play an “easygoing pilot” in the Legendary / Universal monster movie. Tom Hiddleston has been set to lead for several months, and Hawkins, Brie LarsonJohn C. Reilly, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Wilkinson, and Toby Kebbell have all entered negotiations in recent weeks.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer) directs Kong: Skull Island from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, and Dan Gilroy. Jurassic World‘s Derek Connolly was recently brought on board to polish the script. Plot details are being kept vague, but the story follows “a team of explorers venturing into the mysterious, creature-laden isle that is also the home of the king of the apes.”

Straight Outta Compton has been one of this summer’s big success stories, raking in $114 million in less than two weeks and earning glowing critical praise to boot. It’s looking like a launching pad for its young cast of mostly unknowns, including Mitchell — Kong: Skull Island is his first deal since Straight Outta Compton opened.

Prior to Straight Outta Compton, Mitchell had had supporting roles in Broken City and Contraband. He’s also got two more releases lined up for the not-too-distant future: He recently wrapped Vincent-n-Roxxy with Emile Hirsch and Zoe Kravitz, and is now filming Keanu from Key & Peele masterminds Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.

Kong: Skull Island shoots this fall in Hawaii for release on March 10, 2017. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produce with Mary Parent, and Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod serve as executive producers.

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