King Kong is getting a reboot on the big screen in 2017, with the theatrical release of Kong: Skull Island. The film takes place in the 1970s and follows a team of explorers on a mission to the eponymous island; a place forgotten by time, where giant creatures and mystical beasts still roam the landscape. Every kingdom needs it king, of course, and Skull Island has its own in the form of Kong – or, as he’s also known, the Eighth Wonder of the World.
There are glimpses of Kong throughout the teaser trailer for Kong: Skull Island that Warner Bros. Pictures debuted at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con this past summer. Now, however, we have a proper first-look image showing the big guy himself in action – and appearing to be not-too-happy about something (possibly those pesky humans intruding on his territory).
Here is what Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts told EW, with regard to what’s happening in said first-look photo of King Kong from the film (see below):
That sequence comes from a point in the movie where you’re not quite sure who Kong is, what his purpose is, how people should be perceiving him. Through the folly of man, where our initial instinct is to attack anything that is not a known quantity, both sides jump the gun, Kong and the humans, and it kicks off a relatively messy engagement. At first, of course you’re going to perceive something like that as a terrible threat and monster — the physicality of him alone.