Just one day after the first photos debuted from The Legend of Tarzan, Warner Bros. has debuted a new poster. This one-sheet, which arrived via the Legend of Tarzan Twitter account, features Alexander Skarsgård as the King of the Jungle, who is seen surveying his dominion with a massive ape. With the arrival of yesterday's photos and this one-sheet, the first trailer should be arriving very soon, so stay tuned.
The Legend of Tarzan takes a much different approach to this iconic character, who first appeared in Edgar Rice Burroughs' 1912 novel Tarzan of the Apes. While Tarzan is still raised in the jungle in this version, the story picks up years after the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind. He now lives a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side.
The plot thickens when he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash. The supporting cast also includes Djimon Hounsou as Chief Mbonga, Samuel L. Jackson as the true-life adventurer George Washington Williams and Casper Crump as Captain Kerchover, along with John Hurt and Simon Russell Beale in unspecified roles.
David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, directs from a script by Stuart Beattie (I, Frankenstein), Craig Brewer (Footloose) and Adam Cozad (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit). Warner Bros. has set a July 1, 2016 release date for The Legend of Tarzan, putting it up against The BFG and The Purge 3. We'll have to wait and see how this new version of Tarzan will fare at the box office during the competitive summer months.
A report surfaced in October that The Legend of Tarzan may be in trouble, since there is still a lot of work left to be done, and David Yates has already started directing Warner Bros.' Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The report was never confirmed, but we may know that trouble is brewing if the studio pushes the release date. While we wait for more details, take a look at the first poster for The Legend of Tarzan.