Brace yourselves. Tarzan aka the “Lord of the Jungle” will be “swinging” his way back to the big screen soon!

After more than a decade in development, Warner Bros‘ “The Legend of Tarzan” is finally seeing the light of the day as the first official images of the film have debuted online via USA Today.

The Legend of Tarzan


Best known for his role in HBO‘s “True Blood”, Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård is playing the titular character of “The Legend of Tarzan”. He is starring alongside “Suicide Squad” star Margot Robbie, who will be playing Tarzan’s beloved wife, Jane.

The jungle adventure pic will be based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ iconic novel series of the same name. However, director David Yates is putting a new spin on the titular character as the story will take place a decade after Tarzan left his jungle home in Africa.

Having been living a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Tarzan returns to Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament. However, he is unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom.

Speaking with USA Today, Skarsgård said that the story is “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,” he added.

Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan

Guardians of the Galaxy” star Djimon Hounsou will be starring in the film as Chief Mbonga while Samuel L. Jackson will play the real-life figure, George Washington Williams. “Spectre” actor Christoph Waltz will be portraying the main antagonist, Captain Leon Rom.

Yates, who directed the last 4 “Harry Potter” films, is helming “The Legend of Tarzan”. He is currently filming the upcoming “Harry Potter” spinoff film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them“.

“The Legend of Tarzan” is slated for release on 1st July 2016.


Source: USA Today via Coming Soon.

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