The Tenacious D star gets up to monkey business...

JACK BLACK is set to star in the remake of legendary 1933 HOLLYWOOD film ’KING KONG’.

The Tenacious D star and comedian will play the character of Carl Denham, who sets off to Skull Island to investigate legends of a giant gorilla named Kong.

The film is being made by ’Lord Of The Rings’ director Peter Jackson, with the parts of Ann Darrow played by Naomi Watts and Jack Driscoll by Adrien Brody.

According to Reuters, Jackson already had Watts and Brody in mind for the roles but decided on Black during the social whirl at the Academy Awards in February.

At the ceremony, Jackson won three Oscars for his third and final instalment of the ’Lord Of The Rings’ trilogy, ’The Return of the King’.

Filming begins next week in the director’s hometown of Wellington, and Jackson said: “It’s great to be able to finally get the film made. It’s a film which I’ve loved ever since I was a child. It really inspired me to want to become a film-maker.”

He added: “To put modern political beliefs onto something that was made in 1933 is obviously putting a spin on it that doesn’t really exist. It was a product of its time. We’re really just attempting to make a wonderful, mysterious adventure film … it’s about gorillas, it’s about dinosaurs, and lost islands, and this relationship.”