Jessica Chastain Top Choice for Jane in David Yates' New 'Tarzan'
Over the past few years, film studios have collectively shifted to a conservative approach when it comes to what movies they choose to make, and having recognizable and marketable properties is what it's all about these days. Warner Bros. has been developing a new spin on Tarzan for a couple of years now, starting with Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer's take, and ultimately ending up with a script by John August and Adam Cozad for Harry Potter director David Yates to helm. Alexander Skarsgard is the top choice for the title role, and now the New York Post reports Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastian could be his Jane.
Thankfully, this script (also from writers Cormac and Marianne Wibberley) is a totally different kind of Tarzan movie than what we've seen before. The story takes place years after Tarzan has been worked back into society, and the action begins when the Queen asks him to investigate a conflict in the Congo. Tarzan teams with an ex-mercenary named George Washington Williams (a rumored Samuel L. Jackson) to save the area from a vicious warlord who controls a massive diamond mine.
Yates has obviously worked with some stellar casts before, but snagging Chastain would be a huge "get" for this movie. Adding Academy Award-nominees to a project is almost always a good move, and this actually seems like a plausible role Chastain could go for to have some fun in between more serious parts. Not much is known about the Jane character in this version of the movie, but if Chastain ends up taking the role, you can bet she'll be far from a damsel in distress. The project apparently still hasn't received an official greenlight from WB, but hopefully we'll hear more details on this project soon enough.