Hollywood Reporter have revealed that Jack Black (School of Rock, High Fidelity) has been cast alongside Naomi Watts in Peter Jackson's upcoming remake of King Kong. Black has been cast in the role of Carl Denham who was played by Robert Armstrong in the 1933 original.
Jackson says: "I've been wanting to work with Jack Black ever since I saw him in High Fidelity. He's a smart and versatile actor blessed with an abundance of energy and charm and I'm absolutely thrilled that he is joining us on 'Kong'."
The Universal project, due to shoot in New Zealand, is co-written with Rings writers, Phillipa Boyens and Fran Walsh. The screenplay is based on the original story written by Merian C Cooper and Edgar Wallace, and the film is currently sceduled for a December 2005 release.
Jackson will use the latest motion picture technology and will expand on the chapters of the tale that take place in the mysterious and dangerous jungles of Skull Island.
The original King King's roar was a lion's and a tiger's roar combined and run backwards. The models were only 18 inches high.
Although Kong's island home is usually referred to as "Skull Island", the term is never used in the movie, nor in the sequel The Son of Kong (1933). The confusion arose because the main natural feature on the island is called "Skull Mountain".