Straight Outta Compton star Jason Mitchell has landed a role in the upcoming King Kong origin story, Kong: Skull Island. Mitchell is riding high after his performance as Eazy-E in the biopic drew critical acclaim and the film was a box office hit.
The young actor is one of the many break out stars from Compton, including co-star Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), who has already joined the cast of Kong. Mitchell has previously been in two Mark Walhberg projects, Contraband and Broken City, also starring Russell Crowe. Sources close to Mitchell reveal he will play an easygoing pilot.
Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Toby Kebbell have joined Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly on the trip to Skull Island. Legendary’s prequel will begin production this October on location in Hawaii.
Kong: Skull Island isn’t scheduled to hit cinemas until March 2017.