Michael Keaton in Talks for ‘Kong: Skull Island’

Jordan Vogt-Roberts directs the “King Kong” spinoff film also starring Tom Hiddleston

Michael Keaton is in final negotiations to join the cast of “Kong: Skull Island,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Tom Hiddleston and J.K. Simmons were previously cast in the “King Kong” spin-off film, which centers on the giant ape’s native island and follows a team of explorers venturing deep inside the treacherous, primordial landscape and is to be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

Universal will release the Legendary film in 3D and IMAX 3D on March 10, 2017.

Keaton is coming off of “Birdman,” for which he’s in the hunt for his first Best Actor Oscar. He is also nominated for a SAG best actor award and a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. SAG Awards will air live on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET, while the Golden Globes ceremony will will air on NBC on Jan. 11.

Keaton will next be seen in Catholic sex-scandal drama “Spotlight” and has a voice role in “Despicable Me” spin-off “Minions.”

He is represented by ICM and Anonymous Content.

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