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First look photos from “The Legend of Tarzan”


Here it is, the moment all the fan-girls and boys have been waiting for, the first images of Alexander in the role of Tarzan. Thank you Warner Bros for this rather wonderful early Christmas present. As well as getting our first glimpse of Tarzan looking suitably hot and brooding, here’s a first image of him with his great love and wife, Jane (Margot Robbie).


The photos and the article below are from USAToday

Welcome back to the jungle, Tarzan.

Lots of action, adventure and apes are on tap for the next incarnation of the iconic Edgar Rice Burroughscharacter played by Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) in The Legend of Tarzan (in theaters July 1). And for director David Yates, it was a way to return moviegoers to a wondrous Africa in a properly romantic way.

“They haven’t been there for an awfully long time,” says Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potterfilms.

Legend takes a different approach to Tarzan than Burroughs’ 1910s writings, the 1930sJohnny Weissmuller movies and other pop-culture adaptations that focused on the man being raised by simians and becoming lord of the jungle. Instead, the movie finds John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, a decade removed from his home in the Congo and fully entrenched as a British gentleman in 1880s Victorian London, with his beloved wife Jane (Margot Robbie) by his side.

He’s left his African home behind — his early days are seen in flashbacks — but is constantly reminded of his earlier exploits and gets invited back as an emissary of Parliament. While hesitant at first, Tarzan eventually returns to the Congo, old friends as well as Jane are put in serious danger, and his latest cliff-jumping, vine-swinging story kicks off from there.

“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.”

The cast also features Djimon Hounsou as Chief Mbonga, Samuel L. Jackson as the real-life figure George Washington Williams and Christoph Waltz as the Belgian antagonist Captain Leon Rom. There’s a historical backdrop for the movie, says Yates: Belgium’s King Leopold II, originally thought of as a philanthropist, took the Congo as his own colony in the 1880s and was responsible for a mass genocide that killed millions.

Jane has always factored heavily into the Tarzan mythology, and Yates envisions Robbie as a 21st-century take on the character who’s “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,” says the director.

“In a way, it’s a story of two human beings and how they save each other.”

Yates also found Skarsgård a perfect Tarzan for 2015. The filmmaker liked that he was born in Sweden but found a career in America, so “he has this wonderful quality of not quite belonging to one or the other.” Plus, there was a distinct grace and physicality to the 6-foot-4 actor.

“Tarzan needs muscles, but it’s more a leaner, longer, more vertical modern man than the square-jawed stereotype we’re used to,” Yates says.

To get in Tarzan shape, Skarsgård spent four months in an all-consuming training regimen before principal photography started. “I basically didn’t see my family or my friends,” he says, though he adds that the part “was definitely worth getting up at 4:30 in the morning.”

Skarsgård also partnered with choreographer Wayne McGregor to figure out the movements and posture of a guy who carries himself as an upper-crust Englishman yet ultimately re-embraces his wilder side when he returns to his Congo home.

“He works mostly with the best contemporary ballet dancers in the world, so it was quite unusual for him to work with somebody like me who can’t touch their toes,” Skarsgård quips.

Africa itself is a main character in the movie, according to Yates, who tapped Pottercollaborator Stuart Craig to design his Legend of Tarzan sets. To capture the jungle flavor, two hangars at an old English airplane factory were transformed into soundstages 200 yards long with real trees, vegetation, running water and mountainous areas. Green screen and CGI were used, as well as natural elements photographed in Gabon to add richness to the fully realized environment.

“A lot of movies, you have to go to the far reaches of the galaxy to find extraordinary beauty and amazing things,” Yates says. But, he adds, “they’re right here on the planet. They exist just a few thousand miles away.”

Only 204 days to go 🙂


Margot Robbie – More On Tarzan


Margot Robbie has been talking to elmundo.es about her Hollywood career, including a little bit about Tarzan and Alexander Skarsgard. The interview has been written up in Spanish, but our wonderful site owner Barbara has translated any mention of Tarzan  for us. And whilst we are obviously always searching for the intellectual content of each article we couldn’t help but notice that Margot admits she has  “never seen a body like his”.

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Margot Robbie Talks Up “Tarzan”


Alexander Skarsgard’s “Tarzan” co-star, Australian actress Margot Robbie, has been speaking (briefly) about the movie to Empire Magazine. It looks like Margot’s 2016 version of Jane will thankfully be holding her own in a movie dominated by top-class male actors – Alexander, Samuel L Jackson, Christoph Waltz, John Hurt & Djimon Hounsou.

Take her role as Jane in David Yates’ upcoming adaption of Tarzan, for example. When EMPIRE recently wondered aloud to producer David Barron if she was the film’s damsel in distress, he blurted, “Oh good Lord, no. One doesn’t hire Margot Robbie to play a damsel in distress…”

“That’s so funny,” she says, “because that was the first thing I said. I have no interest in being that.When I read the Tarzan script it felt like Indiana Jones meets Pirates of the Caribbean, a mix of big adventure, fun and humour.” When the now-fully-civilised John Clayton III, Lord Greystroke (Alexander Skarsgård), is asked to return to the Congo, Jane decides that she will travel with him, despite the inherent danger. “John has no say in the matter,” she insists. “This Jane is feisty, capable, very outspoken and not a damsel.”

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Alexander at Hummus Kickoff Party (Sundance)


Alexander Skarsgard has attended the Hummus Kickoff Party at Sundance, along with a host of other stars including his “The East” co-star Brit Marling and his “Tarzan” co-star Margot Robbie.

Fans have been waiting impatiently to see the first photo of Alexander with  Margot, who plays Tarzan’s wife Jane Porter.

And just when we thought this weekend at Sundance couldn’t get any better, the two possibly least ugly people on the entire planet have obliged us by posing for a cute photograph together.

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