After putting the brakes on their 3D live-action Tarzan pic last year, Warner Bros is charging ahead again with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård set to play the loinclothed Edgar Rice Burroughs hero. The pic, now in preproduction, will open on July 1, 2016, the studio said today. Skarsgård was attached to star in the David Yates-helmed pic when the studio cautiously stalled plans to move forward last spring. At the time Jessica Chastain was circling the female lead, but now the Jane role has gone to Margot Robbie who had a breakout turn in Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street this fall.
Tarzan will tell the familiar tale of the eponymous hero, orphaned as a baby and raised in the jungle, who returns to urban London as a man. Samuel L. Jackson and his Django Unchained co-star Christoph Waltz will also star. Jerry Weintraub, David Barron and Alan Riche are producing.
Skarsgård is repped by CAA, Principal Entertainment LA, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller. Robbie is repped by CAA, Management 360, and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein. Jackson is repped by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content, and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein. Waltz is repped by ICM Partners.