Next summer, Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie swing into theaters in “The Legend of Tarzan.” Directed by David Yates (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1 & 2”), the Warner Bros. film will take a different path with the King of the Jungle. Set in the 1880s, audiences will find Tarzan (Skarsgard) and Jane (Robbie) living in Victorian London as upper crust nobility. It is only when Tarzan returns to the Congo in the wake of Belgium”s King Leopold II invasion and genocide of the African country that Tarzan”s animalistic nature is awakened.
And his abs. His insane, completely inhuman abs. USA Today got an sneak peek at Tarzan”s new look. Is Alexander Skarsgard an elf, because this looks like some Grade A glamour*.
The USA Today article also has a quote from Yates about modernizing Jane for the 21st century. He promises that in “The Legend of Tarzan,” Jane is “in no way a passive partner to Tarzan. She”s a really strong, assertive, beautifully knowledgeable, very sexy modern woman who can more than look after herself.” You know, like she did in the Disney version. Only probably with less bustles and sunshine yellow traveling dresses.
“The Legend of Tarzan” also stars Djimon Hounsou, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christoph Waltz.
For more information about how Skarsgard got in shape for this role, head over to USA Today.
“The Legend of Tarzan” arrives in theaters on July 1, 2016.