We haven't really heard much about the new Tarzan movie being directed by Harry Potter's David Yates since it was announced last year. The film is set up at Warner Bros. and apparently it will maintain the period setting of Burroughs' novels. The screenplay was written by Stephen Sommers and Stuart Beattie, and the live-action film is an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' 1912 book Tarzan of the Apes.
We previously heard that Yates was looking at Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rise) to possibly take on the lead role in the film. There was also a rumor that Samuel L. Jackson was up for the part of Williams, a Civil War veteran seeking redemption for his part in atrocities committed against Native Americans.
We now have another name to add to the list of potential actors to join the project. According to the New York Post Oscar-nominated Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain is up for the part of Jane! Here's what they report, which also gives us a little insight on the plot,
The overworked actress and recent Oscar nominee is said to be the first choice to play Jane in a new version of “Tarzan,” reports The Post’s Richard Johnson... In this story, the jungle boy is fully assimilated to life in London when Queen Victoria asks him to investigate troubles in the Congo.
I've always enjoyed the story of Tarzan, and I'm looking forward to seeing Yates' vision of it. As for Chastain possibly being cast as Jane in the movie, she's a great actress and a perfect choice for the role.