Alexander Skarsgard Top Choice for WB's Unique, Revamped 'Tarzan'
Hang on to your loincloths, because some new Tarzan news is swinging in. Warner Bros. has been wanting to make a new live action adaptation of this story for years, with Hustle and Flow director Craig Brewer once slated to make an entire trilogy. Harry Potter director David Yates took over just last week, and already casting rumors are bouncing across the interwebs. Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam, and "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard were reportedly being considered for the role, but Variety reports that Skarsgard has come to the forefront as the likely choice, although an official offer has yet to be made.
Surprisingly, the story by John August, Cormac and Marianne Wibberley, and Adam Cozad, sounds like a far cry from the origin story we've saw in the Disney film over a decade ago. This time, the story centers on John Clayton III (Skarsgard), the man known the world over as Tarzan, but it takes place years after he's been worked back into society. The Queen asks him to investigate some conflict in the Congo, and Tarzan teams with ex-mercenary George Washington Williams to save the area from a warlord who controls a massive diamond mine. In addition, Samuel L. Jackson is being eyed for the mercenary role.
Not only has Skarsgard not received an official offer as of now, but this is yet another project that hasn't even received an official greenlight from the studio. But with Yates doing big business for WB with the last four Harry Potter films, chances are high this one will start rolling next year. Skarsgard is still unproven when it comes to toplining a big budget blockbuster, but Yates apparently favors him and I'm sure the ladies will be pleased if they can work the classic look of the character into this new storyline somehow. Sounds like this one is moving quickly, and hey - at least we can take solace in the fact that it will almost certainly be better than the motion capture take on this story starring Kellan Lutz.