King Kong is coming to the Motor City! Actor and Detroit native J.K. Simmons announced Monday morning that his new blockbuster movie is planning to film in his hometown – during the Tiger’s baseball season, much to his delight.
“Kong: Skull Island” is reportedly to be set in 1970s Detroit at least in part. In addition to Simmons, fellow Metro- Detroiter Jordan Vogt- Roberts is set to direct the film.
The cast is far from filled out, the IMDb page only lists three stars that have signed on so far, but from what I can tell, it’s going to be an amazing group of actors. J.K. Simmons will be joined by Oscar-nominated and former Batman Michael Keaton as well as Brit heartthrob Tom Hiddleston.
At a media event before he threw out the first pitch at the Tiger’s home opener, Simmons said, “We hope to be shooting for a few weeks in Detriot this summer… That was part of [Jordan Vogt-Roberts] pitch to me when we met for the first time. The beginning of the movie, before we go to the mysterious island, is gonna be set in Detroit. We’re gonna shoot Detroit for Detroit, so hopefully that actually all comes to fruition.”
The film, which hasn’t even started production, has a set release date of March 10, 2017.