True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard has emerged as the frontrunner to topline David Yates‘ Tarzan movie at Warner Bros. An imposing physical presence at 6’4″, Skarsgard is Yates’ choice to play the vine-swinging hero, sources tell Variety.
However, Alexander is yet to receive an offer and studio Warner Bros. have not given approval to the film. The movie, which has been redrafted by Adam Cozad, will see Tarzan, AKA John Clayton III, living back in England after being assimilated back into society.
He is asked by Queen Victoria to travel to the Congo and team up with George Washington Williams, a civil War veteran-turned-mercenary – to tackle a fierce warlord, who has seized control of a huge diamond mine and is threatening to cause trouble.
According to Variety, the filmmaker wants to cast Samuel L. Jackson in the role of the mercenary, but no offers have yet been made.