The iconic jungle hero may be returning to the screen, despite the near-cancellation of his big-screen comeback. Director David Yates (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 & 2) has been trying to bring Edgar Rice Burroughs’ literary hero to the screen for a year. The project seemed on the verge of being green-lit earlier this year, with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård as Tarzan and Jessica Chastain as Jane. However, the production slipped into a development crisis zone and seemed dead in the water, but now it looks like the film may actually see the light of day after all.
While Skarsgard is still in the running for Tarzan, Chastain is no longer attached to the project. However, another popular actress is rumored to a contender for the part of Jane. Emma Stone (Easy A, Zombieland, The Help, Gangster Squad), who won the heart of another super hero in the Amazing Spider-Man, is being looked at for the part of Tarzan’s lady-love.
The plot remains the same as it did when Yates first pitched the project: Years after he’s re-assimilated into society, Lord John Clayton III, a.k.a. Tarzan, is asked by Queen Victoria to investigate a problem in the Congo. Tarzan teams with an ex-mercenary named George Washington Williams to save the Congo from a fierce warlord who controls a massive diamond mine.
Other rumors have Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained) being considered for the “fierce Warlord” part. The role of George Washington Williams was formerly intended for Samuel L. Jackson, but now Waltz’ Django Unchained costar Jamie Fox is the guy who’s name is being tossed around for the part.
The film is not yet officially green-lit but if it is produced, it will be made by Warner Bros., who are already known for super hero films, having done the Batman trilogy, Man of Steel, and the planned Man of Steel 2. If the project is approved, it will start filming next year.