Alexander Skarsgård the New Tarzan?

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alexander-skarsgard-tarzanYes folks, you read that right. The hunky blood sucking heart-throb from HBO’s true blood has been cast as the orphan turned monkey-man (man-monkey?) in Warner Brother’s Tarzan. Wait though, cause there’s more… a lot more! Along side Skarsgård, Tarzan will also star thee Samuel L. Jackson, Christof Waltz, and Margot Robbie. The Movie is slated to open up July 1st, 2016.

The announcement was made February 11th by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters, will direct the new feature from a screenplay based on the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs.  A Jerry Weintraub production, the film is being produced by Weintraub (“Behind the Candelabra,” the “Ocean’s” trilogy), together with David Barron and Alan Riche.

            In making the announcement, Silverman said, “We have assembled a phenomenal international cast to tell this extraordinary story.  Warner Bros. has also enjoyed long and successful collaborations with both David Yates and Jerry Weintraub, and we look forward to seeing what they and the entire team have in store for this timeless tale.”

Kroll added, “Tarzan has been an enduring and enigmatic figure in literature and cinema for more than a century.  The adventures of a man who was torn between two worlds has entertained and intrigued people young and old, and we are excited to bring him to the screen for a new generation.”

Fellman stated, “This is a perfect entry for the summer movie season corridor, with a terrific combination of action, adventure, romance and suspense that is sure to appeal to a broad audience.”

Jerry Weintraub added, “I am so pleased to be reuniting with the team at Warner Bros. on this thrilling project.  David Yates and I are going to be using the best of today’s technology in creating this new adventure, and we can’t wait to get started.”

—From the official Warner Brothers press release.

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