Whiplash/Spider-Man Star J.K. Simmons Joins 'Kong: Skull Island'

Spider-Man/Juno/Whiplash star J.K. Simmons is the second actor to be officially cast in Universal and Legendary Pictures' King Kong reboot Kong: Skull Island. Hit the jump to learn more about the JK Simmons Skull Island news.jk simmons skull island story - whiplashDeadline broke the news of Simmons casting. We have no details on JK's character at this time as the story is being kept under wraps. The Golden Globe-nominated actor has always been one of my favorites. He will join Tom Hiddleston (Loki from The Avengers) in the film, which looks to be shaping up quite nicely.

The project, first announced at Comic Con 2014, is an exploration of the mysterious island from King Kong and reveal the beginings of the iconic beast. Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein and Flight writer John Gatins are writing the film, which will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts .  Here's the new plot description of Kong: Skull Island:

In the spirit of its worldwide blockbuster Godzilla, Legendary Pictures presents a bold new take on the mythos of another iconic beast with KONG: SKULL ISLAND, which stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers and Thor series).  Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) and written by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla), KONG: SKULL ISLAND will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.  Legendary's story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline.  Thomas Tull (GodzillaThe Dark KnightPacific Rim) and Jon Jashni (Godzilla, upcoming Warcraft) will produce and Alex Garcia (Godzilla) will executive produce.  The film will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D by Universal Pictures.

Kong: Skull Island is set to be released in 3D and IMAX 3d on March 10th, 2017.