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In pictures: King Kong

Jack Black

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

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

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.

Jack Black and crew members

Black's character takes the SS Venture and its crew to uncharted Skull Island to make a film, with Darrow as his leading lady.

Swamp scene

The explorers face unexpected threats from beneath the surface as they venture across the remote island.

Naomi Watts

As in the previous versions of King Kong, actress Darrow finds herself the bait in a trap to lure out the giant ape.

King Kong

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.

Tyrannosaurus rex

A Tyrannosaurus rex is among the other dangers faced by the crew as they negotiate Skull Island.

Adrien Brody and Jack Black being chased by dinosaurs

The special effects and chase scenes, such as this one, helped push King Kong's budget to a reported $207m (117m).

Naomi Watts and King Kong

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.

Watch clips of the Shakespeare adaptations


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