Tarzan is getting a reboot with Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jessica Chastain playing the role of Jane.
Harry Potter director David Yates is directing the reboot of Tarzan, replacing Craig Brewer (Footloose) as the original choice of director.
David Yates has confirmed that he’s casting Jessica Chastain as Jane. According to the New York Times, Jessica Chastain was the first choice to play the famous role as the main squeeze of the “king of the jungle.”
Alexander Skarsgard of True Blood is set to play the titular role as Tarzan, replacing Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) and Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), who were both rumored to fill the role. In this version, IGN says Tarzan will be rewritten as a full citizen of British society, asked by Queen Victoria to investigate a mystery in the Congo. It should be interesting seeing how a man of civilized tastes becomes a jungle adventurer.
Samuel L. Jackson of The Avengers and Pulp Fiction will play an American mercenary aiding Tarzan in his quest to rid the harsh African jungles of an evil warlord.
According to the Huffington Post, director David Yates said he’s been in love with the mythos of Tarzan for a long time:
“It’s been a passion project for me for years. I grew up watching the old Edgar Rice Burroughs movie [adaptations] on this channel called TV 44 when I was a kid and then in high school, I got into the [Tarzan] books so when I met with Warner Bros., I had a certain idea and they liked it. We’re going to see how it works but I really just want to get in there, make a Tarzan movie and bring him back.”
According to rumors from Cinema Blend, Jessica Chastain doesn’t seem the type of actress to put on a loincloth, but with David Yates’ re-imagining of the roles, she might just work.
What do you think of Jessica Chastain from Zero Dark Thirty playing Jane in the Tarzan reboot?
Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastain reportedly up for “Jane” role in Potter directior David Yates’ Tarzan reboot: go.ign.com/XqWrCV
— IGN (@IGN) March 6, 2013