After his acclaimed Lord of the Rings adaptations, Peter Jackson has remade horror classic King Kong. The film sees Jack Black play ambitious film-maker Carl Denham.
Adrien Brody, who won a best actor Oscar for The Pianist in 2003, plays New York playwright Jack Driscoll in the 1930s-set adventure. Driscoll joins Denham's party.
Naomi Watts, who starred in 21 Grams and I Heart Huckabees, plays Vaudeville actress Ann Darrow, who joins up with film-maker Denham after she finds herself out of work.
Black's character takes the SS Venture and its crew to uncharted Skull Island to make a film, with Darrow as his leading lady.
The explorers face unexpected threats from beneath the surface as they venture across the remote island.
As in the previous versions of King Kong, actress Darrow finds herself the bait in a trap to lure out the giant ape.
The computer-generated ape was based upon the movements and expressions of actor Andy Serkis, who was Gollum in Lord of the Rings. He plays Lumpy, the ship's cook, in the new film.
A Tyrannosaurus rex is among the other dangers faced by the crew as they negotiate Skull Island.
The special effects and chase scenes, such as this one, helped push King Kong's budget to a reported $207m (£117m).
Kong is taken to New York, where, as in the 1933 original, he wreaks havoc and takes Darrow on a trip to the city's heights. The film is out in the UK on 15 December.