The first official pics of Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) and Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) in director David Yates’ new live-action Tarzan movie have emerged.
Thanks to the good folks over at USA Today, we have our first, shirtless look at the Lord of the Jungle (Skarsgard) and his wife, Jane Porter (Robbie).
Unlike previous adaptations that focused on a young boy being raised by apes in the jungle, The Legend of Tarzan sees John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, now a British gentleman firmly established in 1880s Victorian London.
Even though he's left Africa behind over a decade ago, his early jungle days will be seen in flashbacks in which John will be constantly reminded of his earlier feats and adventures. At first hesitant, he eventually returns to the Congo when he's invited back as an emissary of Parliament. Can you guess it doesn't take long before Jane and some old friends are put in serious danger and Tarzan has to swing back into action, bare chest and all?
The upcoming action-adventure film promises to put a different spin on the classic Edgar Rice Burrough stories, as well as those Johnny Weissmuller movies from the 1930s and other big-screen adaptations (that would include Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes). Here’s what Skarsgard said.
“It’s almost the opposite of the classic tale, where it’s about taming the beast. This is about a man who’s holding back and slowly as you peel off the layers, he reverts back to a more animalistic state and lets that side of his personality out.”
Sounds good to me.
Also starring are 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 John Hurt in an undisclosed role.
The Legend of Tarzan will swing into movie theaters on July 1, 2016.
(via USA Today)