Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Picturesâ€™ and Village Roadshow Picturesâ€™ new Tarzan 3D action adventure, starring Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd (HBOâ€™s â€œTrue Bloodâ€) as the legendary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
David Yates, who helmed the last four â€œHarry Potterâ€ blockbusters, including â€œHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2,â€ is directing. Jerry Weintraub (â€œBehind the Candelabra,â€ the â€œOceanâ€™sâ€ trilogy) is producing the film, together with David Barron (the â€œHarry Potterâ€ films, upcoming â€œCinderellaâ€). Susan Ekins, Nikolas Korda, David Yates, Mike Richardson and Bruce Berman are serving as executive producers.
The feature also stars Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (â€œPulp Fiction,â€ the â€œCaptain Americaâ€ films), Margot Robbie (â€œThe Wolf of Wall Streetâ€), Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (â€œBlood Diamond,â€ â€œGladiatorâ€), Oscar nominee John Hurt (â€œThe Elephant Man,â€ the â€œHarry Potterâ€ films), and two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (â€œInglourious Basterds,â€ â€œDjango Unchainedâ€).
It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (SkarsgÃ¥rd) 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 adventure is being shot at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, as well as on location around the UK.
Collaborating with Yates behind the scenes, the creative team includes director of photography Henry Braham (â€œThe Golden Compassâ€), Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (â€œDangerous Liaisons,â€ â€œThe English Patient,â€ the â€œHarry Potterâ€ films), editor Mark Day (â€œHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2â€), and Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth Myers (â€œEmma,â€ â€œUnknownâ€).
A Jerry Weintraub production, the Tarzan action adventure is slated for release beginning July 1, 2016, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.