Jack Black Cast In Jacksons 'King Kong'

Jack Black has been in cast in Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Black will play Carl Denham, an adventurous filmmaker and showman trying to make a name for himself in 1930s New York. Robert Armstrong played the role in the 1933 original.

Black joins Naomi Watts, who is playing Ann Darrow, an American actress who makes a living performing in Broadway song and dance shows. Fay Wray starred as Darrow in the original.

A third lead, the character of a writer, has yet to be cast.

"I've been wanting to work with Jack Black ever since I saw him in High Fidelity, " said Jackson, who is writing the remake along with his Lord of the Rings co-screenwriters Walsh and Philippa Boyens. "He's a smart and versatile actor (who is) blessed with an abundance of energy and charm, and I'm absolutely thrilled that he is joining us on 'Kong.' I look forward to seeing Carl Denham come to life in this new version of the story, and I have no doubt Jack will make him a truly memorable character."

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