USAToday have showcased a couple of images from David Yates' (who is responsible for the last four entries into the Harry Potter franchise) take on Tarzan, due for release next year. In them, Alexander Skarsgard looks ridiculously ripped, and Margot Robbie looks pretty darn hot side-on. The film is purported to revolve around John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, returning to the Congo some years after his initial encounter with Jane and his absorption back into English society. The film retains the original story's period setting of 1880s Victorian times, and will see Skarsgard's Tarzan squaring off against Christoph Waltz' Belgian Captain Leon Rom. Skarsgard had this to say;
Its almost the opposite of the classic tale, where its about taming the beast... This is about a man whos 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.
Also along for the ride are Djimon Hounsou and Samuel L. Jackson as real-life historical figure George Washington Williams, one of the first men to raise public outcry against King Leopold II's absurdly-poor treatment of the Congolese. As much as people are going to grouse about no originality being left in Hollywood, what with this being the umpteenth resurrection of a popular character, I do think we're about due an update of the Tarzan mythos. There is a place for it in our pop culture, and this has the potential to be a solidly entertaining film. Here's hoping it's not simply next year's Pan. Tarzan is released on 1 July 2016 in the US and 8 July in the UK.
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