Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to join Warner Bros.' Tarzan, which stars Alexander Skarsgård as the title character. We reported in September that Christoph Waltz was circling the villain role, which he has now been confirmed for.
The story centers on John Clayton III (Alexander Skarsgård), an "ape man" who lives in the jungle. He is tasked by Queen Victoria to investigate a military conflict in the Congo. Although these story details have not been confirmed, Christoph Waltz is reportedly playing a military man who comes across Tarzan in the jungle.
Samuel L. Jackson had actually been in talks to star back in 2012 as George Washington Williams, a Civil War veteran and mercenary who teams up with Tarzan to take out an evil warlord. At the time, scheduling couldn't be worked out with the actor, with Warner Bros. offering the role to Jamie Foxx, but he was forced to pass when production was postponed.
Our report from September also indicated that Margot Robbie and Emma Stone were the top contenders to play the female lead Jane. Margot Robbie is now considered the front runner, although Warner Bros. has not issued an offer at this time.
David Yates is directing from a script that was most recently worked on by Adam Cozad (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit). Other writers such as John August, Marianne Wibberley and Craig Brewer had previously worked on the script. Warner Bros. is reportedly close to issuing a green light for the project, although it isn't known when production may begin.