The Legend of Tarzan trailer has just debuted online giving us the first look at the new version of the iconic character from Director David Yates (who famously directed the last four Harry Potter films).
The new take on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ jungle hero stars Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood, Battleship) in the title role alongside a cast that also includes Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, Wolf of Wall Street) as Jane Porter.
On his character Tarzan, Skarsgård said, “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.”
The pair will be joined by two of Quentin Tarantino´s favorite actors Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight) as George Washington Williams, Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglorious Bastards) as corrupt Captain Rom and Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond) as Chief Mbonga.
“The jungle consumes everything,” the opening voiceover says. “It preys on the old, the sick, the wounded. It preys on the weak, but never strong.”
Australian beauty Margot, who sports red locks for her role as Jane, can then be seen telling a mystery man: ‘He is no normal man. He was thought to be an evil spirit, a ghost in the trees. No man ever started with less.’
Tarzan made his first appearance in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 1912 novel Tarzan of the Apes and since then the jungle hero would go on to be the focus of an additional 23 novels by the author.
In the century since the character’s inception, Tarzan has been adapted into just about every medium, including dozens of different feature film iterations.
This new film is not going to focus much on the origins story of the characters and will begin years after the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side.
Now in the new movie, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.
Skarsgard spent four months to have a hard training before principal photography of the film started.
“I basically didn’t see my family or my friends,” he said, though according to the actor interview with USA Today, the part “was definitely worth getting up at 4:30 in the morning”.
To get the right movement down, Skarsgard also worked with choreographer Wayne McGregor (who had previously worked with Legend director David Yates) to decide the movements and posture of a man who carries himself as an “upper-crust Englishman” yet embraces his feral side once more when he makes his return to the Congo.
Director Yates adds some information about Robbie’s role in the movie, saying that the character would be “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,” the director explained.
The film is set for a July 1, 2016, release in traditional releases, 3D and IMAX 3D.