Christoph Waltz is in talks to portray the main villain in Warner Bros.' Tarzan. We reported back in November 2012 that True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård was the top contender for the title role, and now he has been confirmed to star.
The story centers on John Clayton III, the "ape man" who lives in the jungle, and is asked by Queen Victoria to investigate a military conflict in the Congo. Christoph Waltz is said to be playing a military figure who encounters Tarzan in the jungle. Our report from 2012 revealed that Samuel L. Jackson was in talks to play George Washington Williams, a Civil War veteran who teams up with Clayton to stop a warlord. However, it isn't known if a deal was ever finalized.
In addition, the studio is also searching for actresses to play Jane, with insiders claiming that Emma Stone and Margot Robbie are among the contenders being considered by the studio, although no offers have been made.
David Yates is directing from a screenplay that was most recently worked on by Adam Cozad (Jack Ryan). Stephen Sommers, Stuart Beattie, Craig Brewer, John August, Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Wibberley have previously worked on the script. The project hasn't been given the greet light at Warner Bros. yet, although insiders say that may come in November, with production tentatively getting under way next summer.