Following his turn as Dr. Dre in 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton,” actor Corey Hawkins seemed to find himself in contention for plenty of big roles, including not only the lead on Fox’s “24: Legacy,” but also a supporting role in “Kong: Skull Island.” Although the first full-length trailer provided an excellent look at Kong himself, there’s still plenty we don’t know about the Legendary Pictures origin story, including details about Hawkins’ character.
However, during the presentation for “24: Legacy” at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, Hawkins was able to shed some light on his mysterious role — just not the character’s name. That of course would suggest his character — or least his name — is important to the story. Whether that bit of information remains secret leading up to the film’s release will prove interesting, but for now Hawkins was at least able to reveal that his character is a geologist.
Trying to reveal more information without spilling any secrets, Hawkins reaffirmed to Collider the film’s period setting. “You know, the movie is set during the Vietnam War era,” he said, “and he’s a young Yale graduate who is on this adventure, this trip to this island that hasn’t been discovered yet.”
Fans will note that Hawkins isn’t the only “Straight Outta Compton” star to join “Kong: Skull Island”: Jason Mitchell plays a character named Glenn Mill. For Hawkins, reuniting with Mitchell and working alongside some rather big names on a film like this is huge. Given the serious tone of the initial trailer, it’s easy to expect the film to stick relatively close to that tone. However, as Hawkins stated, working with this cast allowed them to find humor in the dark moments.
“There were serious undercurrents of shooting this film,” he said, “and then there was shooting with these guys — you’ve seen the cast — it was one of those journeys.”
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”), “Kong: Skull Island” also stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary and John C. Reilly. Part of Legendary’s new Godzilla-Kong series, the film opens March 10.
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