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'Tarzan' remake starring Alexander Skarsgård slated for July 2016

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Mark your calendars for July 1, 2016, because a star-studded Tarzan reboot is officially swinging into theaters that week.

According to Moviefone on Tuesday, Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) will play the title role. Margot Robbie, meanwhile, who recently burst onto the scene with her performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, has been confirmed to play the Jane to his Tarzan.

David Yates, who directed the final four "Harry Potter" films, is set to helm the 3D movie, while Jerry Weintraub of Behind the Candelabra and the "Ocean's" trilogy will produce. Also said to be joining the cast are Samuel L. Jackson and two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained).

"We have assembled a phenomenal international cast to tell this extraordinary story," Warner Bros. Creative Development and Worldwide Production President Greg Silverman said in a statement. "Warner Bros. has also enjoyed long and successful collaborations with both David Yates and Jerry Weintraub, and we look forward to seeing what they and the entire team have in store for this timeless tale.”

Warner Bros. President of Domestic Distribution Dan Fellman, meanwhile, called the release date a "perfect entry" into the summer blockbuster season two years from now and promises action, adventure, romance, and suspense.

The original Tarzan character originated in 1912 with Edgar Rice Burroughs' book Tarzan of the Apes, which was followed by a string of works continuing Tarzan's story of growing up in the jungle and eventually seeing civilization for the first time.


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