Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie are about to take Tarzan and Jane to a whole new level in director David Yates’ upcoming The Legend of Tarzan. Now, moviegoers are getting their first glimpse at the actors in character for the movie, which promises to breathe new life into the classic tale about a man raised by apes.
In the first official still for the film, Robbie and Skarsgard are seen looking a bit disheveled in the jungle. It’s an intimate pose with the characters turned back to front. The second still is a standalone shot of Skarsgard in the rain looking powerful as Tarzan himself. And if you’re wondering why Tarzan has ditched his jungle garb for trousers, that’s because Yates’ take on author Edgar Rice Burroughs’ original tale won’t be an origin story.
In fact, the new film will start off by giving fans a look at what Tarzan’s world is like now that he’s assimilated to life in London. Tarzan has been in 1880’s London society for a decade when the movie opens, but ends up traveling back to his home in the Congo after being invited back as an emissary of Parliament.
Speaking to USA Today, Skarsgard gave a bit of perspective as to what we can expect from the film when it opens later this year.
“It’s almost the opposite of the classic tale, where it’s about taming the beast,” explained Skarsgard. “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.”
And as for Jane, Yates promises that moviegoers will definitely see her hold her own.
“[She’s] in no way a passive partner to Tarzan. She’s really strong, assertive, beautifully knowledgable, very sexy modern woman who can more than look after herself,” said Yates. “In a way, it’s a story of two human beings and how they save each other.”
The Legend of Tarzan hits theaters on July 1, 2016.
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