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Jessica Chastain Top Choice for Jane in David Yates' New 'Tarzan'

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March 6, 2013
Source: NY Post

Jessica Chastain

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.

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Reader Feedback - 13 Comments

1

Oooh! Great fit! Like a glove.

DAVIDPD on Mar 6, 2013

2

Filed under: things I don't think the world particularly needs.

福 赐 天上 on Mar 6, 2013

3

Whaddya mean ? We always need Hollywood to reinforce outdated stereotypes about third world countries.How else are we going to learn about those people ?

ghoul on Mar 6, 2013

4

I was just referring to a third Tarzan reboot in my admittedly short lifespan, but your point is more valid.

福 赐 天上 on Mar 6, 2013

5

Doesn't sound like a reboot to me. If they do something genuinely different with the material, I'm interested. Some jungle adventure would be a welcome change from all the CG city devastation of late.

castingcouch on Mar 8, 2013

6

Um....yes please?

Chris Groves on Mar 6, 2013

7

Christina Hendricks is my first choice.

ff on Mar 6, 2013

8

Almost did not notice there is an article below that picture.

ghoul on Mar 6, 2013

9

Tarzan: a white mans fantasy about his superiority.Or to be more precise .A white man living in British Empire fantasy about inherit superiority of aristocracy.

ghoul on Mar 6, 2013

10

...seems a stretch.

Xerxexx on Mar 6, 2013

11

Think about it.Orphaned white aristocrat,raised by animals,yet he becomes the strongest man in his surroundings,never mind you that natives have lived there for generations,he is far superior to them in every way. Author of Tarzan was trying to explore his longing for the lost freedom of modern man but somehow still managed to include the attitudes of colonialism and then held believes of inherent superiority of white man. Maybe I am over thinking it a bit.

ghoul on Mar 6, 2013

12

Yates, Chastian, Skarsgard. Epic.

Xerxexx on Mar 6, 2013

13

Dont do it Jessica!

Happy camper on Mar 6, 2013

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