Tarzan, alongside Sherlock Holmes and Dracula, has had more movies produced about his adventures than any other literary hero, but it's been forever since we've had a proper big screen production about the ape man, who crashlanded in the jungle as a baby, was raised by gorillas and eventually served as the jungle's protector from greedy ivory merchants (and Nazis and mermaids, but let's pretend that never happened). The last time Tarzan had a theatrical release in America was Walt Disney's 1999 animated movie, which won an Oscar for Best Song but has otherwise slipped quietly out of the public consciousness altogether. But Edgar Rice Burroughs' creation remains a pop culture icon, and Warner Bros. is eager to make him a blockbuster star. That's probably why they've reportedly attached director David Yates, who helmed the last four uber-successful Harry Potter movies, to their new reboot of the franchise.
Tarzan has been in development for years at the studio, with multiple screenplays being developed concurrently last year by Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer and Jack Ryan screenwriter Adam Cozad. It's unknown either of their scripts are being considered for Yates' version of the film, but it's likely the director – who has an understandable amount of clout now – will want to start from scratch with his own vision of the jungle hero. The real question on everyone's minds is who will play the title role, which will require rugged charisma and intense physical challenges emulating ape behavior and swinging from vine to vine in the brush?
Yates is already meeting with several young stars for the role according to Vulture, the site that broke the story. Amongst the actors being considered for the role are "True Blood's" Alexander Skarsgard, Pacific Rim's Charlie Hunnam and Man of Steel's Henry Cavill. Warner Bros. is also reportedly interested in casting Tom Hardy, who co-starred in their recent summer blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises, for the part. Although we imagine Hardy would be fantastic in the part, his interest level is unknown.
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