Alexander Skarsgard has been attached to star in Warner Bros.’ new Tarzan film for some time now. After Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and helming four Potter movies back-to-back, director David Yates zeroed in on Tarzan as his next big project. The film had a number of stops and starts, but finally went into production in 2014 with Skarsgard and Margot Robbie in the lead roles, with Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz rounding out the ensemble.
But The Legend of Tarzan is like no Tarzan story you’ve seen before, and Skarsgard made this clear when Collider’s own Steve Weintraub spoke with the actor before the Warner Bros. presentation at CinemaCon. In the interview above, Skarsgard speaks about this new take on the story that picks up eight years after the original Tarzan legend ends, with the character now living a very distinguished life in Victorian London. Conflict arises, however, when he’s forced to return to the jungle of his childhood, where the dynamic between man and beast wrestles within him. The actor also discusses the technical challenges of shooting the film, which pushes the boundaries of motion-capture in its depiction of the apes.
Yates is doubly busy at the moment as his next directorial feature, the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is also due for release this year, but The Legend of Tarzan drops first on July 1st. Djimon Hounsou and John Hurt also star.
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