Alexander Skarsgard swings into action in first trailer for The Legend of Tarzan

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Dec 12, 2015, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

In the wake of the first official images unveiled yesterday, Warner Bros. has unleashed the beast and released the first trailer (and an official poster) for its upcoming action-adventure movie The Legend of Tarzan.

Featuring Alexander Skarsgard as the Lord of the Apes, the movie marks the big-screen return of the iconic character created in the 1930s by author Edgar Rice Burroughs. It sees Tarzan (Skarsgard) now living his life in 1880s Victorian England as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his lady love and wife Jane Porter (Margot Robbie). When John returns to the Congo, all hell breaks loose and the vine-swinging action begins.

“He is no normal man,” Jane says in the trailer. No normal man indeed! Check it out below, but make sure to stick around after the movie title for a funny scene between Samuel L. Jackson and Skarsgard. “You are Lord of the Apes, King of the Jungle. Tarzan. Taaarzaaan.”


The trailer looks good, even though there’s a fair amount of CGI and I would have liked to see more practical effects. But it's hard to judge an entire movie on that first 2-minute teaser trailer. Right now, I think it looks and feels like a sweeping jungle adventure, one of those we used to see in the good ol' days. Here’s the official movie synopsis:

It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

The Legend of Tarzan also stars Djimon Hounsou as Chief Mbonga, Samuel L. Jackson as real-life figure George Washington Williams, Crasper Crump (Vandal Savage on DC's Legends of Tomorrow) as Captain Kerchover, Christoph Waltz as the villainous Belgian Captain Leon Rom, and Jim Broadbent and John Hurt in undisclosed roles.

The movie hails from Harry Potter and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them director David Yates, with a screenplay penned by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer based on the classic Tarzan stories created by Burroughs.

The Legend of Tarzan opens on July 1, 2016. What do you think? 


(via Legend of Tarzan)