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Tarzan swings into action - this time in 3D

Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ new version of Tarzan, starring Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) as the perennially popular character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Warner Bros. made the announcement via a press release dated July 14th. The new movie will be released in 3D.

Boris Vallejo illustration of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan.
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Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) will play Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan in a new 3D movie.
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David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” movies is directing. Jerry Weintraub (“Behind the Candelabra,” the “Ocean’s” trilogy) is producing the film, together with David Barron (the “Harry Potter” films, upcoming “Cinderella”). Susan Ekins, Nikolas Korda, David Yates, Mike Richardson and Bruce Berman are serving as executive producers.

The feature also Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction,” “Iron Man 2,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,”), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “Gladiator”), Oscar nominee John Hurt (“The Elephant Man,” the “Harry Potter” films), and two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained”).

The official plot synopsis, distributed by Warner Bros., is as follows:

It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

The production is being shot at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, as well as on location around the UK. The as-yet untitled Tarzan movie will swing into theaters worldwide on July 1, 2016.