Tom Hiddleston is having a moment. In the wake of his role in the critically acclaimed The Night Manager (which just finished airing in the U.K. and will debut here in America April 19 on AMC) people are talking him up as a possible future James Bond.
He’s also playing Hank Williams in the just-released I Saw The Light and will be grabbing his scepter soon enough to reprise his role as Loki in next year’s Thor: Ragnarok. And then there is his starring turn in the King Kong reboot, Kong: Skull Island, which recently completed filming.
“We were in Hawaii, Australia, and Vietnam,” Hiddleston told us when he stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105). “And they were all completely different, and eventually they will all look like one homogenous island.”
Hiddleston is excited to work alongside a cast that includes Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and Straight Outta Compton’s Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell — “We had maybe the most diverse and talented cast I think I’ve ever worked with as a whole” — but is extra pumped to also be sharing a screen with the titular gorilla. “He’s the biggest movie star in the history of movies,” says Hiddleston of Kong.
The actor also shed a little light on what to expect from the top-secret film. “Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who directed it, had this extraordinary idea,” says Hiddleston. “I don’t want to spoil too much… But it’s a whole new re-conception of the mythology. It essentially follows a group of disparate travelers and explorers and soldiers who travel to an undiscovered island in the South Pacific. And it’s set in a time period where you could conceive that there are still undiscovered places on the earth. What they find on the island is surprising, and then every character has a very different response to it. It’s going to be spectacular and epic, but also the human drama is kind of interesting as well.”
To watch Hiddleston discuss Kong: Skull Island, watch the video above.