Harry Potter director David Yates wants True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard to star in his new Tarzan movie. Skarsgard is the director's top choice to play the legendary human ape-like hero. I can see Skarsgard as Tarzan; he's got the look and the build. Hell, he's 6'4"!
There's no official offer out to the actor yet. The studio has yet to agree on any casting, and they still haven't even officially greenlit the movie yet, they plan on shooting it in the summer if everything does go through. Apparently, Yates is still trying to convince Warner Bros. to cast the actor.
If cast, Skarsgard 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."
Variety also reports that Yates is looking at Samuel L. Jackson to play Williams, "a Civil War veteran eager to redeem himself for his part in the massacre of Native Americans."
I enjoyed reading Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan adventures growing up, and it would be cool to see a great live-action film made. I think Yates is a great choice to bring the character to life, and I wouldn't mind seeing Skarsgard in the role.