First pictures of Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan and Jane


Ebony Bowden

The first images from 2016 blockbuster Tarzan have been released, showing Alexander Skarsgard​ and Australian Margot Robbie as the iconic jungle couple.

Harry Potter director David Yates will helm the film, due out in July, which is set to show a different side of the famous fictional story from Edgar Rice Burroughs.

The modern-day adaption sees Tarzan living a comfortable life in 1800s London as Lord Greystoke, years after leaving behind his Congo home with wife Jane Porter, played by Robbie.

Tarzan is then lured back to Congo as part of a deadly plot masterminded by Christoph Waltz, who also played the primary villain in Spectre.

Yates’ project takes a different approach to Burroughs’ 1910s writings, which focused on Tarzan being raised by apes to become lord of the jungle after being orphaned by his aristocrat parents.

Speaking to USA Today, Skarsgard, best known for his role in True Blood, said Tarzan was the antithesis of the original story.

“It’s almost the opposite of the classic tale, where it’s about taming the beast,” he said.

“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 film also marks the continued rise of Margot Robbie’s career, who after leaving Neighbours has gone on to star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street and Will Smith in Focus.

Yates said the character of Jane Porter would be “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,” the director said.

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

Instead of being filmed in the jungles of Africa where the story is set, Tarzan was filmed in two hangars in an old English plane factory, which were transformed with real trees and running water.

Tarzan hits US cinemas on July 1.


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