Tom Hiddleston was blown away by Jordan Vogt-Roberts Kong: Skull Island

Tom Hiddleston has made a name for himself as Thor’s little brother in the Marvel universe, but it seems the actor is looking forward to playing the protagonist for once in Kong: Skull Island. The Crimson Peak star talked to Total Film magazine about the new film from The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts in this month’s issue, saying: "It’s fantastic, very different, a sort of reimagining of the King Kong mythology".

A prequel to Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake, Hiddleston gave us some insight into what we can expect from Kong: Skull Island. "It absolutely tips its hat to all King Kong movies that have gone before, with respect and deference, but it’s a new period, a new set of characters.

"Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ vision was breathtaking. He came in to Legendary and said, ‘What if you did this?’ and we were blown away."

The actor also gave a rundown on the character he’ll be playing: "I play a former soldier who is contracted to go to Skull Island for a particular reason, but I am no longer officially a military officer. He’s the protagonist, so I’m not playing the villain, and I’m not playing the antihero. You see the story through his eyes, which is nice."

Co-starring Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson, it’s set to start filming soon with an initial released planned for March 10 2017 in the US and a UK release date yet to be confirmed. You can see Tom Hiddleston next in Crimson Peak opposite Mia Wasikowska, which will hit UK and US cinemas on October 16 2015.

Read Total Film’s interview with Tom Hiddleston in full in the November issue, on sale September 25 2015.