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Warner Bros. may replace Sam Jackson and Jessica Chastain with Christoph Waltz and Emma Stone for David Yates' Tarzan

Sep. 26, 2013by: Alex Maidy

While David Yates' remake of TARZAN shut down their production offices earlier this year, it seems that some progress is being made to try the project again in 2014. Variety report that pending the greenlight from the studio, Yates' movie could begin production next summer for a release in an incredibly crowded 2015.

The remake of the Edgar Rice Burroughs pulp novels was set to be a traditional take on the classic Ape-man story and characters, but tell an original tale. TRUE BLOOD's Alexander Skarsgard was already selected to play the title role and Jessica Chastain was being eyed for the role of Jane. Both Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx were being looked at for additional roles, but that may be changing with this new start. It appears that Emma Stone is now being looked at in place of Chastain and Christoph Waltz for the role of the villain that was associated with Samuel L. Jackson.

Here's the plot as we know it for the new TARZAN:

Years after hes re-assimilated into society, [John Clayton III, a.k.a. Tarzan] is 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.

In addition to Emma Stone, the studio is also considering Margot Robbie who is next seen in Martin Scorsese's THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. None of these parts are locks yet, but it does look like the studio is intent to move forward with the project. Prior rumors had TARZAN being budgeted around $130 million.

It remains to be seen whether David Yates will have any involvement with the recently announced J.K. Rowling films in the HARRY POTTER universe, but his good standing with the studio after helming the final four movies in the series may be why TARZAN is progessing again. I am excited to see any combination of these actors tackle the movie but am still lukewarm on Skarsgard in the lead. Time will tell which combination we get.

Source: Variety

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3:04AM on 02/13/2014

Jason Mamoa might be a better choice for Tarzan

I'm hoping this new Tarzan movie will not be like anything that has been done in the past. They gotta get completely away from the old image created by Weissmuller at MGM in the 1930s. They gotta go back to the source material and bring the character that Burroughs created to the screen. And the actor has to fit the role. Alexander Skarsgard will not fit the role. He looks nothing like Tarzan. He's too thin. He's too pretty. He's not believable as an ape man. The closest I've seen to
I'm hoping this new Tarzan movie will not be like anything that has been done in the past. They gotta get completely away from the old image created by Weissmuller at MGM in the 1930s. They gotta go back to the source material and bring the character that Burroughs created to the screen. And the actor has to fit the role. Alexander Skarsgard will not fit the role. He looks nothing like Tarzan. He's too thin. He's too pretty. He's not believable as an ape man. The closest I've seen to the Tarzan image on screen is Jason Mamoa. But he's tattooed.
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3:04AM on 02/13/2014

Jason Mamoa might be a better choice for Tarzan

I'm hoping this new Tarzan movie will not be like anything that has been done in the past. They gotta get completely away from the old image created by Weissmuller at MGM in the 1930s. They gotta go back to the source material and bring the character that Burroughs created to the screen. And the actor has to fit the role. Alexander Skarsgard will not fit the role. He looks nothing like Tarzan. He's too thin. He's too pretty. He's not believable as an ape man. The closest I've seen to
I'm hoping this new Tarzan movie will not be like anything that has been done in the past. They gotta get completely away from the old image created by Weissmuller at MGM in the 1930s. They gotta go back to the source material and bring the character that Burroughs created to the screen. And the actor has to fit the role. Alexander Skarsgard will not fit the role. He looks nothing like Tarzan. He's too thin. He's too pretty. He's not believable as an ape man. The closest I've seen to the Tarzan image on screen is Jason Mamoa. But he's tattooed.
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5:35AM on 09/30/2013
LOL so its Rambo II then.
LOL so its Rambo II then.
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9:18PM on 09/26/2013

Hmmm...

Not knocking Stone, she's a solid actress, and beautiful (more attractive than Chastain in my opinion), but Chastain is simply the best in the game right now. And she does more art house stuff, bigger budget stuff, horror - she's not just an "Oscar whore." I'd do my best to keep her on any project, but I guess it is possible she's simply wrong for the role
Not knocking Stone, she's a solid actress, and beautiful (more attractive than Chastain in my opinion), but Chastain is simply the best in the game right now. And she does more art house stuff, bigger budget stuff, horror - she's not just an "Oscar whore." I'd do my best to keep her on any project, but I guess it is possible she's simply wrong for the role
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5:29PM on 09/26/2013

I'm still lukewarm on Skarsgard in the lead only because he deserves even bigger and better roles

And that is one of the truest statements that you will read all day.
And that is one of the truest statements that you will read all day.
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6:39PM on 09/26/2013
This is true. The guy should be in more high profile films.
This is true. The guy should be in more high profile films.
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5:25PM on 09/26/2013

I'm still lukewarm on Skarsgard in the lead only because he deserves even bigger and better roles

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5:22PM on 09/26/2013

Wrong choice for the lead

Get an unknown for the role of Lord Greystoke rather than him. Sure he is a good actor, but not right by any means as the role of Tarzan.
Get an unknown for the role of Lord Greystoke rather than him. Sure he is a good actor, but not right by any means as the role of Tarzan.
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3:59PM on 09/26/2013
I don't think Waltz is up for the same role as Jackson. I think he's up for the villain. Wasn't Jackson's mercenary character supposed to be a former slave who fought in the Civil War?
I don't think Waltz is up for the same role as Jackson. I think he's up for the villain. Wasn't Jackson's mercenary character supposed to be a former slave who fought in the Civil War?
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3:33PM on 09/26/2013
I'd rather have Chastain and Jackson for their roles than Stone and Waltz. All great actors, but I would rather have the set cast they already had.
I'd rather have Chastain and Jackson for their roles than Stone and Waltz. All great actors, but I would rather have the set cast they already had.
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3:34PM on 09/26/2013
Plus, I think Chastain is more age appropriate for Skarsgaard than Stone.
Plus, I think Chastain is more age appropriate for Skarsgaard than Stone.
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