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First look: Universal Orlando's images of King Kong coming this summer (w/video)

Universal Orlando on Monday released the first images of the great ape to be the centerpiece of Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a new attraction opening this summer.

King Kong will be lifelike in facial expressions, Universal says, and 26 feet tall, with a head as big as a car and a chest 18 feet across.

The mammoth attraction is under construction at Universal's Islands of Adventure. An opening date hasn't been announced, but a media preview is scheduled for June 22.

The King Kong attraction has been under construction for more than a year, with huge rock walls rising from what looks like an ancient temple in a primordial jungle setting. It will have an elaborate queue and environment, Universal creators have said.

Universal worked with Peter Jackson, the director of 2005's King Kong, a $207 million spectacle that was, at the time, the most expensive movie ever filmed.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

First look: Universal Orlando's images of King Kong coming this summer (w/video) 05/16/16 [Last modified: Monday, May 16, 2016 5:04pm]
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