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Cast This: Tarzan

Nov. 13, 2012by: Niki Stephens

Now that David Yates is set to direct the live-action TARZAN film, his next item of business was to find the man of the apes himself. Why don't we give him some ideas in week's CAST THIS?

Starting out in silent films, the first live-action Tarzan was seen in 1918. The character was quite popular in the 30s and 50s, and has always had a strong significance in pop culture. But when it comes to one iconic Tarzan film, we can't say that their definitively is one. I think most of us think back to the Disney film from 1999. Then there's GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE, a Tarzan parody that originally started as a cartoon in the fall of 1967. Later, Brendan Fraser would play George in a 1997 live-action film. Or maybe you think of GREYSTROKE with Christopher Lambert from 1984. Next year, we will get another animated TARZAN film with Kellan Lutz doing the voice of the character. To be fair, there is no standout among these.

With David Yates, I think this live-action version stands a chance to rise about the previous attempts. Unless its fate is much like another Edgar Rice Burroughs character, JOHN CARTER. While we aren't here to concentrate on the story, I think it will be interesting to see how they write this character into the modern world. So who is currently being eyed for the role? Rumor has it that Henry Cavill, Alexander Skarsgard, Charlie Hunnam, and Tom Hardy are some of the names. It was mentioned by one of the schmoes that it may not be so good to go after a more well known actor for the role. This I have to agree with. Personally, I think someone like Hunnam would be perfect.

Who is going to be the guy to say, "Me, Tarzan. You, Jane."? You tell us!

RESULTS FROM PREVIOUS 'CAST THIS': WHO SHOULD DIRECT MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 5?

1. Joe Carnahan 2. Martin Campbell 3. Bryan Singer

It was made clear that Joe Carnahan was the guy that needed to direct the next MISSION IMPOSSIBLE film, or at least be considered. Out of the three top choices, I really think that someone like Campbell should really get a shot at this. He did such a spectacular job with CASINO ROYALE that something like this should be a piece of cake for him. Bryan Singer was definitely an interesting choice, I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that he's worked with Cruise and has experience doing action. I like him, but I don't know if he's the right fit for the franchise. Another suggestion that didn't quite make the cut was getting Cruise to get behind the camera himself. I'd support that.

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6:28PM on 11/21/2012
Arnie Hammer.he has the charm of Brendon fraser
Arnie Hammer.he has the charm of Brendon fraser
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1:50AM on 11/14/2012

Channing Tatum

End of discussion.
End of discussion.
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6:16PM on 11/13/2012
I'm not saying he's a good choice or anything but on the top newsfeed picture of "Tarzan" on the joblo homepage, is it just me or does it look just like Ray Stevenson?
I'm not saying he's a good choice or anything but on the top newsfeed picture of "Tarzan" on the joblo homepage, is it just me or does it look just like Ray Stevenson?
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6:07PM on 11/13/2012

Michael Fassbender

Definitely has the build (300) and looks like him with his hair grown out. Im a Fassbender fan all the way!
Definitely has the build (300) and looks like him with his hair grown out. Im a Fassbender fan all the way!
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5:06PM on 11/13/2012
give it to Dwayne Johnson so it can be an box office movie, don't forget to include bruce willis
give it to Dwayne Johnson so it can be an box office movie, don't forget to include bruce willis
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2:29PM on 11/13/2012
I have to admit I immediately thought of Matthew McConaughey too, but I think someone younger and unknown might be better.
I have to admit I immediately thought of Matthew McConaughey too, but I think someone younger and unknown might be better.
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11:57AM on 11/13/2012

The right look

Someone not too young or small
not built like a tank (Tom Hardy, Dwayne Johnson)
not tall and lanky (Michael Fassbender, Joseph Gordon Levitte)
Someone who can play savage, dark, and agile.

Weird i'm in the boat for Taylor Kitsch for this role. He did perfectly fine in the other ERB movie, even though that flopped.
Someone not too young or small
not built like a tank (Tom Hardy, Dwayne Johnson)
not tall and lanky (Michael Fassbender, Joseph Gordon Levitte)
Someone who can play savage, dark, and agile.

Weird i'm in the boat for Taylor Kitsch for this role. He did perfectly fine in the other ERB movie, even though that flopped.
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3:37PM on 11/13/2012
i dont watch "Sons of Anarchy" (too many shows at the moment, its on the list though) so Charlie Hunnan is almost completely off my radar. But i'm looking into it and he'd be a good choice too

i dont watch "Sons of Anarchy" (too many shows at the moment, its on the list though) so Charlie Hunnan is almost completely off my radar. But i'm looking into it and he'd be a good choice too

11:36AM on 11/13/2012
Ron Link
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Ron Link
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11:33AM on 11/13/2012
Luke Evans

I think he could hold his own in a lead role.
Luke Evans

I think he could hold his own in a lead role.
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11:22AM on 11/13/2012
Stephen Hawking!
Stephen Hawking!
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10:05AM on 11/13/2012

I love Tom Hardy, but...

...I see Tarzan as kind of a lankier fellow. I'm contradicting myself here, but Dwayne Johnson would actually make a decent-looking Tarzan. He doesn't really have the acting chops, but do you think great acting is really required for Tarzan? I wouldn't be upset if Hardy got the role, and it'd be another potential franchise for him, but I'd rather continue to see him in better roles.
...I see Tarzan as kind of a lankier fellow. I'm contradicting myself here, but Dwayne Johnson would actually make a decent-looking Tarzan. He doesn't really have the acting chops, but do you think great acting is really required for Tarzan? I wouldn't be upset if Hardy got the role, and it'd be another potential franchise for him, but I'd rather continue to see him in better roles.
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9:49AM on 11/13/2012

A scifi channel movie idea, Curse of Tarzan

I say soup up the story a bit with a bunch of gold diggers searching for a city full of treasure. In desperation the natives resort to voodoo to resurrect tarzan from the grave as an undead vine swinging super speed zombie. The gold diggers get massacred and some of them come back as zombies. The rest realize they must find the city and find a way to remove the zombie curse on tarzan before he ressurrects an army of undead killer gorrillas awaiting reanimation. As for the tarzan, I say get a
I say soup up the story a bit with a bunch of gold diggers searching for a city full of treasure. In desperation the natives resort to voodoo to resurrect tarzan from the grave as an undead vine swinging super speed zombie. The gold diggers get massacred and some of them come back as zombies. The rest realize they must find the city and find a way to remove the zombie curse on tarzan before he ressurrects an army of undead killer gorrillas awaiting reanimation. As for the tarzan, I say get a johnny weissmuller look alike and get him really really rotted up. Then just throw in a couple b movie actors, a chick or two with big knockers, and finally throw in village full crazy looking natives. Ahh yet another scifi channel movie just waiting to happen....
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9:16AM on 11/13/2012
If they go young Daniel Radcliffe. If they go older Ralph Fiennes.
If they go young Daniel Radcliffe. If they go older Ralph Fiennes.
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8:38AM on 11/13/2012
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, he was excellent in nowhere boy and kick-ass. He would have the right blend of drama and action acting skills for this role and he's also got the look of a young Tarzan
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, he was excellent in nowhere boy and kick-ass. He would have the right blend of drama and action acting skills for this role and he's also got the look of a young Tarzan
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8:25AM on 11/13/2012
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, he was excellent in nowhere boy and kick-ass. He would have the right blend of drama and action acting skills for this role and he's also got the look of a young Tarzan
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, he was excellent in nowhere boy and kick-ass. He would have the right blend of drama and action acting skills for this role and he's also got the look of a young Tarzan
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8:16AM on 11/13/2012
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, he was excellent in nowhere boy and kick-ass. He would have the right blend of drama and action acting skills for this role and he's also got the look of a young Tarzan
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, he was excellent in nowhere boy and kick-ass. He would have the right blend of drama and action acting skills for this role and he's also got the look of a young Tarzan
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8:07AM on 11/13/2012
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, he was excellent in nowhere boy and kick-ass. He would have the right blend of drama and action acting skills for this role and he's also got the look of a young Tarzan
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, he was excellent in nowhere boy and kick-ass. He would have the right blend of drama and action acting skills for this role and he's also got the look of a young Tarzan
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6:51AM on 11/13/2012
Andrew Lincoln. In the latest season of The Walking Dead, I can see what Lincoln brings to the table. He put his heart and soul into Rick and I'm pretty sure he can pull Tarzan off.
Andrew Lincoln. In the latest season of The Walking Dead, I can see what Lincoln brings to the table. He put his heart and soul into Rick and I'm pretty sure he can pull Tarzan off.
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5:49AM on 11/13/2012

Travis Fimmel

I googled Tarzan, and why not let this guy that did it on TV, do it again in a movie. He looks the part anyways.
I googled Tarzan, and why not let this guy that did it on TV, do it again in a movie. He looks the part anyways.
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4:23AM on 11/13/2012

I could've sworn that Nowheredan136 is right and that this was already a "Cast This."

Or did we just discuss this topic in depth in the comments section of an article related to the film?

Anyway, in terms of the casting I really like Skarsgard or Hunnam for the role. Both of those guys deserve a shot at the big time, and this could make for a nice one-two punch when combined with Pacific Rim for Hunnam.
Or did we just discuss this topic in depth in the comments section of an article related to the film?

Anyway, in terms of the casting I really like Skarsgard or Hunnam for the role. Both of those guys deserve a shot at the big time, and this could make for a nice one-two punch when combined with Pacific Rim for Hunnam.
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3:53AM on 11/13/2012
MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY
MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY
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2:19AM on 11/13/2012
Fassbender would make for a good Tarzan.
Fassbender would make for a good Tarzan.
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4:25AM on 11/13/2012
i dont know about Fassbender, i love the guy in everything he's in, but i think he's to suave to play an ape man
i dont know about Fassbender, i love the guy in everything he's in, but i think he's to suave to play an ape man
2:18AM on 11/13/2012

Tarzan!

Arnie Hammer or Taylor Kitsch

also wasn't Tarzan already on Cast this a while back?
Arnie Hammer or Taylor Kitsch

also wasn't Tarzan already on Cast this a while back?
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9:01AM on 11/13/2012
Yeah, Kitsch would pretty much did Tarzan already though, Tarzan on Mars.
Yeah, Kitsch would pretty much did Tarzan already though, Tarzan on Mars.
10:12AM on 11/13/2012
Yes, last year there was a Tarzan cast this: [link]
Can't find the results though.
Yes, last year there was a Tarzan cast this: [link]
Can't find the results though.
1:00PM on 11/13/2012
yeah, i found my post from last year "Taylor Lautner", what the hell was i thinking.

And Kitsch won it last year...
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yeah, i found my post from last year "Taylor Lautner", what the hell was i thinking.

And Kitsch won it last year...
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