Michael Keaton is parlaying his recent success into some meaty film roles, and is in talks to join an already interesting cast in Kong: Skull Island.

The film, which will serve as a sort of reboot, or different look, at King Kong, has already cast J.K. Simmons and Tom Hiddleston. Now, Keaton is circling the project as well, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Here is the official description of Kong: Skull Island:

KONG: SKULL ISLAND will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.  Legendary’s story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline.  Thomas Tull (GodzillaThe Dark KnightPacific Rim) and Jon Jashni (Godzilla, upcoming Warcraft) will produce and Alex Garcia (Godzilla) will executive produce.  The film will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D by Universal Pictures.

The trio of actors is an interesting collection, if in fact Michael Keaton does agree to do Kong: Skull Island. Keaton is figured to be a lock for a Best Actor nomination at this year’s Academy Awards, and many have him as a favorite to win for his role of Riggan Thomson in Birdman. Keaton has a long and checkered history of film choices, but always seems to shine above even the weakest movies.

J.K. Simmons is also a favorite for a nomination at this year’s Oscars, for his supporting role in the jazz-drummer drama Whiplash.

Kong: Skull Island will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, whose credits include the 2013 indie hit The Kings of Summer. Michael Keaton joining Kong: Skull Island would be one of the biggest films for the actor since he portrayed Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns.

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