Warner Bros.’ attempt to bring Tarzan swinging back to our screens is gaining yet more momentum. Alexander Skarsgard will indeed don the loincloth (steady, ladies!), and Christoph Waltz will be the villain he marshals jungle forces to fight. Variety reports that Samuel L. Jackson is also now in talks to sign on to the film.
Harry Potter veteran David Yates is directing, and he seems to have cracked the issues around the film, which has been through a troubled development that saw the studio cancel it at least once. Now, however, partly thanks to a pre-vis demonstration by Yates and his team, the executives may be ready to turn on the green light and get things moving.
The delay has, apparently, worked in Jackson’s favour, as he was interested in the unspecified role but couldn’t work out shooting dates thanks to a perennially busy schedule.
As for Jane, that casting remains up in the air, though About Time / The Wolf Of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie is said to be the hot favourite. Plot-wise, nothing is being said, though rumours have pointed to an adventure involving mining and conflict in the Congo, with Tarzan dispatched by Queen Victoria to investigate a warlord’s actions.
Jackson most recently finished work on Matthew Vaughn’s Secret Service, and is currently on our screens in Oldboy.