Michael Keaton and JK Simmons leave Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island, Lionsgate's forthcoming King Kong prequel, has suffered a major casting blow, withDeadline reporting that both Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons have dropped out of the project.

The studio hasn't disclosed any official reason for the departures, although Deadline reports that scheduling conflicts are at the root of the problem. As it stands, Tom Hiddleston remains the lone cast member still attached to the film.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts is in place to direct, with John Gatins and Max Borenstein having penned the script. The story will delve deeper into Kong's home island, as a group of intrepid explorers pitch up on a voyage of discovery. More fool them… Kong: Skull Island will open in the UK and US on 10 March 2017.

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