The new version of TARZAN from Harry Potter director David Yates releases next summer and stars True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgård as the titular hero. However, this isn’t the story you’d expect. This Tarzan is a darker version of the famous story which finds an already-gentrified Tarzan returning to the jungles, only to be caught up in a dangerous web of money and violence.
“It’s kind of a reversal of the novel or some of the other adaptations, where you try to civilize the beast,” says Skarsgard. “This is the other way around.”
Alex leads an all-star cast in Tarzan including Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, and Samuel L. Jackson. He says he was drawn to the film’s unique portrayal of a classic tale.
“I just thought it was an interesting take on something I, and I think all human beings, can relate to,” he says. “That dichotomy of being a civilized human being and also being an animal at the same time, and to fight that power struggle, and to find that balance.”
Tarzan is set in 1880s Victorian England, nearly a decade after the hero has left Africa to begin a life in London, with Jane (Margot Robbie).