Last fall, two of the biggest awards season narratives swirled around Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons. The former turned heads with his meta performance in “Birdman,” while the latter’s absolutely blazing turn in “Whiplash” made it clear the respected character actor was more than worthy of leading man roles. And as follows being embraced by Hollywood, tentpoles came calling, and both actors signed up for “Kong: Skull Island.”
However, Deadline reports that neither Keaton or Simmons will wind up making the trip. Scheduling delays are being cited as the reason for their departure from the Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings Of Summer“) directed movie, that’s only expected to be delayed a few weeks as replacements are found. John Gatins (“Real Steel,” “Need For Speed“) and Max Borenstein (“Godzilla“) have penned the screenplay that will take audiences deep into the home turf of cinema’s most iconic ape.
No word yet on who will step in for Keaton and Simmons, but those are big shoes to fill. “Kong: Skull Island” arrives on March 10, 2017.