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Alexander Skarsgard being lined up for Tarzan

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Story by Jack Foley

ALEXANDER Skarsgard has emerged as the first choice to play Tarzan in a new film being directed by David (Harry Potter) Yates.

According to Variety, the True Blood heart-throb is the director’s preferred choice for the leading role given his imposing physical presence and 6’4” height.

But the trade publication has merely quoted sources rather than reporting the casting news as fact, pointing out that Skarsgard has yet to be made an offer and adding that Warner Bros has still to finalise any casting decisions for the film.

Yates is, however, eyeing a summer start date for the film, which is expected to be greenlit before the end of the year.

If successful, Skarsgard would play John Clayton III, known around the world as Tarzan “the ape man”.

Years after being re-assimilated into society, Clayton is asked by Queen Victoria to investigate the goings-on in the Congo and so teams up with an ex-mercenary named George Washington Williams to save the Congo from a fierce warlord who controls a massive diamond mine.

Variety adds that Samuel L. Jackson is being considered for the role of Williams, who is described as a Civil War veteran eager to redeem himself for his part in the massacre of Native Americans.

If the reports are true, Skarsgard will have beaten the likes of Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam and Tom Hardy to the role – although representatives for the actor and for Warner Bros. had no comment to make.

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