Samuel L. Jackson Eyes a Trip to 'Skull Island'

Samuel L. Jackson is reportedly in early talks to join Legendary Pictures' "Kong: Skull Island," filling the vacancy left last month by the departure of JK Simmons.

The studio has been moving quickly in the past couple of weeks to assemble the cast for the King Kong origin story, recruiting Brie Larson and, just this week, "Straight Outta Compton's" Corey Hawkins to join Tom Hiddleston (however, Deadline contends the "Thor" actor has only "just been offered a lead role in the picture").

According to the website, John C. Reilly is said to top the list of contenders to replace Michael Keaton, who left the project with Simmons due to scheduling issues.

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”), "Skull Island" reportedly focuses on a team of explorers who trespass on King Kong’s primordial island territory.

Originally planned for release in November 2016, “Kong: Skull Island” is now set to arrive March 10, 2017.

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