Supposedly, Alexander Skarsgard is the front runner to play Tarzan in a version that might also include Samuel L. Jackson. While the loin-cloth jokes are flying around in the speculation (if you will excuse that pun), I think the idea that they would be following the character after he has reassimilated into Victorian society and is returning to the Congo to investigate a mystery sounds genuinely interesting.
Variety has a lengthier story as well.
So should this all come to pass, Skarsgård will play John Clayton III, who gets reassimilated into society only to be asked by Queen Victoria to investigate some strange things going on in the Congo. At his side? Civil War veteran George Washington Williams, a role that Samuel L. Jackson is being eyed for.
Should Yates convince Warners brass to sign off on Skarsgard’s casting, the Swedish thesp would play John Clayton III, known around the world as the famous “ape man” Tarzan. Years after he’s re-assimilated into society, he’s asked by Queen Victoria to investigate the goings-on in the Congo. Tarzan teams with an ex-mercenary named George Washington Williams to save the Congo from a fierce warlord who controls a massive diamond mine.
Samuel L. Jackson is being eyed to play Williams, a Civil War veteran eager to redeem himself for his part in the massacre of Native Americans.
What do you think? Should Alex get his vine-swinging skills down?