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Actor Black 'for King Kong role'
School of Rock
Black was a hit in the film comedy School of Rock
School of Rock actor Jack Black has been reportedly cast alongside Naomi Watts in director Peter Jackson's remake of horror fantasy King Kong.

The director told trade paper Hollywood Reporter Black would play adventurer Carl Denham, as portrayed by Robert Armstrong in the 1933 original.

Jackson said he had wanted to work with Black after his work in High Fidelity.

"He's a smart and versatile actor blessed with an abundance of energy and charm," said the New Zealand director.

Watts is reportedly playing Ann Darrow, an American actress who makes a living performing in Broadway song and dance shows.

The project will be shot in New Zealand. Jackson, who swept the board at this year's Oscars for his Lord of the Rings trilogy, is co-writing the remake with Rings screenwriting colleagues Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens

Black received a Golden Globe nomination for School of Rock, a hit comedy in which he plays a musician posing as a substitute teacher trying to turn his class into a rock band.

The original King Kong is famous for the iconic scene in which a helpless, screaming woman played by Fay Wray is plucked from a skyscraper by a 50-foot ape.

It is often cited as one of the greatest films of all-time for its pre-war technical achievements.

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