Christoph Waltz Villainous Again for Revived 'Tarzan' at Warner Bros.
Following reports in the spring that Warner Bros. was shutting down the production offices of their new adaptation of Tarzan from Harry Potter franchise director David Yates due to conflicts over the film's budget. But now the project is back with a vengeance, and they have a villain on board this time. Alexander Skarsgard is still on board to play the man of the jungle, and now Variety reports Christoph Waltz is taking on the villain role. The project doesn't have a greenlight yet, but this new casting move is part of an effort to round up talent before presenting the film to a committee to get the greenlight. Read on!
Previously, we heard this new version of the classic character from Edgar Rice Burroughs would follow John Clayton III (Skarsgard), the man known the world over as Tarzan, 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. Variety doesn't clarify if these plot details are still intact and indicate that Waltz would be playing a military figure who crossed paths with Tarzan, which fits in the previous plot description for the most part.
However, right now the studio is looking for a new Jane. Though Jessica Chastain was previously attached, it sounds like the production delay has caused her to fall away from the project which has a script from John August, Cormac and Marianne Wibberley and Adam Cozad. Supposedly names like Emma Stone and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) are in consideration, but no one has entered negotiations for the female lead just yet. Hopefully this time the project gets off the ground and Yates can bring Burroughs classic character back to life properly.