Alexander Skarsgard will have to re-discover the animal within in director David Yates’ big screen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s legendary jungle hero in The Legend of Tarzan.
Years have passed since John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke (Skarsgard), left the jungles of the Congo and he has now transitioned to the life of an English gentleman in 1880s Victorian London. Summoned by the Queen, Clayton and his beloved wife Jane (Margot Robbie) are dispatched back to the Congo as emissaries of Parliament. But when Clayton runs afoul of an old enemy, the despicable Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), and Jane is taken from him, he is forced to return to his true nature as Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, and take back what was taken from him.
While Tarzan may have made his first appearance back in 1914, Yates is promising an entirely fresh. In discussing what audiences can expect, Skarsgard, in an interview with USA Today said, “it’s 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.”
Yates is also promising a very 21st century take on the character of Jane Porter, explaining that she is “in no way a passive partner to Tarzan. She’s a really strong, assertive, beautifully knowledgeable, very sexy modern woman who can more than look after herself.”
Yates’ supporting cast are just as impressive as his leads with Samuel L. Jackson playing real-life soldier George Washington Williams, Djimon Hounsou as Tarzan’s ally Chief Mbonga and Christoph Waltz who is teasing another tantalizing and vile villain as Belgium mercenary Captain Rom.
The Legend of Tarzan is set to roar into cinemas on June 30, 2016 in Australia and New Zealand, July 1, 2016 in the US, and July 8, 2016 in the UK.