‘The Legend of Tarzan’: New IMAX Trailer Reveals the Lord of the Apes’ Origin Story

     June 6, 2016


Warner Bros. has unveiled a new IMAX trailer for the upcoming blockbuster adventure The Legend of Tarzan. The film stars Alexander Skarsgard as the titular man of the jungle with Margot Robbie playing his beloved Jane. In this new iteration, Tarzan has become domesticated and lives in London, but is called back to his jungle home when he becomes a pawn in the game of the dastardly Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz).

This new trailer is mostly made up of footage that reveals the origin story of Tarzan, with a quiet and patient sequence showing how the orphaned Tarzan was taken in by the apes and raised as one of their own. Word on Legend of Tarzan has been incredibly quiet for a blockbuster of this scale, and indeed the main draw here for me personally is director David Yates. As the filmmaker behind the final four Harry Potter films, this is his first non-Potter major motion picture, and Tarzan is something of a passion project for the filmmaker as he was trying to get it off the ground for years before WB finally gave it the greenlight. Curiously enough, The Legend of Tarzan is one of two David Yates films we’ll be getting in 2016, as he also helmed the highly anticipated Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

20th Century Fox’s new Planet of the Apes films have set an impossibly high bar when it comes to CG apes, so Yates and Co. have their work cut out for them when it comes to the visual effects. And since folks are already pretty well acquainted with the Tarzan story as well as the ol’ “Christoph Waltz as a dastardly villain” cliché, it’s going to come down to Yates’ vision and the script by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer.

Check out the new The Legend of Tarzan trailer below. The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Hounsou, and Jim Braodbent. The Legend of Tarzan opens in theaters in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 1st.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Legend of Tarzan:

It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side. Now, 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, Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.


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