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Alexander Skarsgard frontrunner to join Samuel L. Jackson in David Yates adaptation of Tarzan

Nov. 14, 2012by:

Well, it looks like Alexander Skarsgard, best known as Eric on HBO's True Blood, is now the frontrunner to jump into the loincloth of Edgar Rice Burrough's fames vine swinger, TARZAN, aka John Clayton III. Directed by David Yates, who helmed the last four HARRY POTTER films, the production is also seeking Samuel L. Jackson to co-star as George Washington Williams, an ex-mercenary.

Here's the lowdown from Variety: "...the Swedish thesp would play John Clayton III, known around the world as the famous "ape man" Tarzan. Years after he's re-assimilated into society, he's asked by Queen Victoria to investigate the goings-on in the Congo. Tarzan teams with an ex-mercenary named George Washington Williams to save the Congo from a fierce warlord who controls a massive diamond mine."

Jackson's role as Williams is described as, "a Civil War veteran eager to redeem himself for his part in the massacre of Native Americans."

This would be the umpteenth adaptation fo the character, who has roamed the halls of popular culture for decades, from novels, TV, shows, and both live-action and animated films. Burrough's also created JOHN CARTER, who didn't fare so well at the box office this year, even if it was a kick as movie. Hopefully Yates, Skarsgard, and Jackson will have better luck.

I have been eagerly awaiting what Yates will do next (coincidentally, I think he would be outstanding for a Star Wars film) and I think this is a solid venture. With his sharp, detailed, and epic-scale style, I think he can bring this to life for the next generation. Production is slated to start next summer. Expect official announcements before the close of the year.

More as this develops.

Extra Tidbit: My favorite Tarzan adaptation is Greystoke, starring Highlander. What's yours?
Source: Variety

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11:33AM on 11/15/2012
[link] Wrong guy for the role. Too skinny and does not look like Tarzan is described at all.
[link] Wrong guy for the role. Too skinny and does not look like Tarzan is described at all.
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10:10AM on 11/15/2012
Definitely intriguing. I'm w/ Mr. Fancy Pants. So glad they're not doing the origin again. I have nothing against Skarsgard as Tarzan. My friggin' wife is practically praying that he is cast in the lead for those Shades of Grey adaptations . . .
Definitely intriguing. I'm w/ Mr. Fancy Pants. So glad they're not doing the origin again. I have nothing against Skarsgard as Tarzan. My friggin' wife is practically praying that he is cast in the lead for those Shades of Grey adaptations . . .
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6:04AM on 11/15/2012
Interesting.
Interesting.
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1:18AM on 11/15/2012

I feel like there's already a Tarzan movie getting made...

coulda swore there was one with Kellan Lutz. What happened with that?
coulda swore there was one with Kellan Lutz. What happened with that?
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9:47PM on 11/14/2012
So does this mean we won't have the loin-cloth wearing, vine swinging Tarzan, since he has become assimilated into society. That could be interesting. Of course, if you want an actor who knows how to be part ape, Andy Serkis would be your first choice.
Joking aside, Skarsgard is a good choice.
So does this mean we won't have the loin-cloth wearing, vine swinging Tarzan, since he has become assimilated into society. That could be interesting. Of course, if you want an actor who knows how to be part ape, Andy Serkis would be your first choice.
Joking aside, Skarsgard is a good choice.
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9:09PM on 11/14/2012
Wow I think that sounds pretty awesome, great casting too
Wow I think that sounds pretty awesome, great casting too
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8:47PM on 11/14/2012
Not an origin story. That's the best news in the article.
Not an origin story. That's the best news in the article.
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