For seven sexy seasons, Alexander Skarsgård delighted us with his shirtless antics on True Blood. We haven’t heard much from him, save for an appearance in the underrated The Diary of a Teenage Girl, since the HBO series went out in a pile of blood and guts, because he’s been running around without a shirt on in a swampy climate. What a stretch for him.
The David Yates-directed The Legend of Tarzan stars Skarsgård as the titular human-ape, with Suicide Squad‘s Margot Robbie as his Jane (Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson are there to chew some scenery, too). According to USA Today, this adaptation will tweak Edgar Rice Burroughs’ origin story. The movie will begin with John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke (that’s Tarzan) living in London as a proper, why-I-never British gentlemen. He eventually returns to Africa as an emissary of Parliament, and then the Phil Collins songs start.
“It’s almost the opposite of the classic tale, where it’s about taming the beast,” says Skarsgård, 39. “This is about a man who’s holding back and slowly as you peel off the layers, he reverts back to a more animalistic state and lets that side of his personality out.” (Via)
People debate who’s the best James Bond all the time, but the same luxury isn’t afforded to Tarzan. That’s because whoever stepped into the sweaty loincloth in Tarzan and the Slave Girl is obviously the best Tarzan.
Skarsgård’s no slouch, though.