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Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam, Alexander Skarsgard & Tom Hardy Eyed For Lead In David Yates' 'Tarzan'

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 7, 2012 10:43 AM
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Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam, Alexander Skarsgard & Tom Hardy Tarzan

After kicking around handful of options at Warner Bros. including the drama "Your Voice In My Head," the thriller "The Imitation Game" and potential gangster epic "Cicero," 'Harry Potter' helmer David Yates has finally settled on "Tarzan" as his next project. The decision has slowly been coming over the past few months, but now it's time to find out who's going to shirtless and swinging from vines, and some interesting names are cropping up.

Vulture reports that "Man Of Steel" lead Henry Cavill, "Sons Of Anarcy" star Charlie Hunnam and "True Blood" fang banger Alexander Skarsgard are meeting Yates to discuss the lead, with eternal badass Tom Hardy is also being eyed by the studio. You might recall that Hardy and Yates were set to pair up on the aforementioned "Cicero," with the actor playing Al Capone over a proposed trilogy of films. Whether or not he finds his particular vehicle more enticing remains to be seen.

All the names are familiar faces around the WB lot. Cavill and Hardy, because, obviously. Hunnam features in next summer's "Pacific Rim" and Skarsgard has that Viking movie "The Vanguard" developing at the studio, but clearly execs like working with these guys and/or have been impressed with what they've done.

So we'll see how it all plays out. We have to say, a new "Tarzan" movie doesn't exactly thrill us, but seeing that Yates was able to manage making Harry Potter grow up and take the series successfull in a darker direction, we'll be curious to see how he handles this.

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  • Pete | July 1, 2013 2:17 PMReply

    Although i do like many of the actors mentioned here i think that Chris Hemsworth best fits the bill for the role of Tarzan. The tarzan books are my favorites and i hope that if a movie is made they will stay true to the original story that Edgar rice Burreoughs wrote.

  • bOb | January 11, 2013 8:16 PMReply

    I don't think any of the actors mentioned above are fit to play the Tarzan role. The Tarzan actor has to stand 6 feet 4 inches (give or take an inch), be broad shouldered with a muscular build like an athlete. He should have strong, rugged masculine facial features and long black hair not quite shoulder length. I wonder why Joe Manganiello of the HBO series True Blood hasn't been considered.

  • julez | November 15, 2012 11:36 AMReply

    Cavill is stiff actor? That's coming from Bomer fangirls, what a jokes, Bomer is 100 times more stiff than Cavill

  • Nova | November 11, 2012 9:17 AMReply

    Henry Cavill please! He always makes a greatest role!

  • druzy | November 9, 2012 2:50 AMReply

    No on this one for Henry Cavill. I wouldn't want him to get type cast. First Immortals,then Superman,now possibly! I think he needs something where he can show case his considerable talents.(beyond his gorgeous looks and beautiful body) I think it would be a bad career move to do 50 Shades also.

  • Sophia | November 8, 2012 11:04 AMReply

    I could totally go for Alexander Skarsgard or Charlie Hunnam!

  • Lee | November 8, 2012 4:26 AMReply

    if it's Cavill, the movie would be the closest thing to the 1930s adaptations. Nice, I can laugh my ass off while watching that sleek hair as Tarzan. I need that.

  • Greg | November 7, 2012 8:24 PMReply

    Charlie Hunnam or Tom Hardy

  • Janine | November 7, 2012 8:20 PMReply

    Tom Hardy as Tarzan would be sexy!!!

  • Sarah | November 7, 2012 8:09 PMReply

    I love Henry Cavill therefore I think he's too good for this role! Tarzan...again....really? Not to mention I'm really hoping for him to play Christian Grey so this nonsense could get in the way, lmao. Anyway, regardless of my thoughts on a new Tarzan movie, I think Charlie Hunnam would be best for this role out of the actors named. I love Alexander Skarsgard too, but I'm not sure if I can picture him as Tarzan...hmm.

  • H2O | November 12, 2012 12:06 PM

    To J: oh please who are you to judge Henry Cavill when you out yourself as fan of that housewife porn that is in reality a handbook for domestic abuse. Go watch porn it's cheaper.

    Henry Cavill was chosen by Christopher Nolan and Warner Brothers to play Superman so I trust their judment better than that of a deluded middle aged woman.

  • j | November 12, 2012 6:40 AM

    Cavill as Christian Grey? LOLOLO, yea , if they want someone who cannot act and has all t he charm and movements of a wet bag of cement lololol, Cavill is just desperate to break into the american market. Hence his going cheap for the Superman reboot, thanks for the laugh. And I have to agree, of all the actors mentioned, he is the weakest of the lot.

  • Liz | November 7, 2012 11:04 PM

    Henry Cavill is not too good for a role like Tarzan. He's easily the weakest name mentioned in the bunch.

  • Michelle P. | November 7, 2012 8:12 PM

    My EXACT thoughts, Sarah, ha ha. And I agree, no to Henry Cavill as he's definitely too good for another crappy Tarzan movie, and yes to Charlie Hunnam - just because I actually can see him doing the role some justice. Can't see Tom Hardy as Tarzan either.

  • MeJane | November 7, 2012 4:55 PMReply

    Tom Hardy as Tarzan? Hmmn.... nope. Hardy is an A-list actor and wouldn't be caught dead swinging from a vine in a loin cloth. Apart from that, picturing Tarzan with undiluted swagger, covered in awesome tattoos, and tossing monkeys around in the jungle while yelling in a deep husky voice, does bring a smile to my face.

  • anarchitek | November 7, 2012 1:55 PMReply

    Seriously, WHO cares? Every Tarzan film MADE in the LAST 50 years has SUCKED! It's a 19th Century fantasy, from an EARLY 20th Century book that wasn't all that well written! It's BORING, and too weird for words, which is probably WHY none of the films made since Buster Crabbe's days have been worth watching. You can PUT lipstick on a PIG, but it just makes the PIG uglier! It kind of EMPHASIZES how UGLY the PIG really is!

  • gina | November 7, 2012 1:45 PMReply

    I don't know about those other guys, but it wouldn't hurt my feelings at all to see Charlie Hunnam in a loin-cloth swinging from trees. :)

  • Rachel | November 7, 2012 1:45 PMReply

    As much as I love Alex Skarsgard, I think running around in a loincloth would seriously mess with his image. He's too cool for this project.

  • Moxie | November 7, 2012 12:58 PMReply

    I think this would be a great role for Charlie Hunnam. The man can act and isn't bad to look at either!!!

  • Ben | November 7, 2012 11:28 AMReply

    The Al Capone film Cicero is still very much being worked on, but the script needs to be perfect and Hardy is learning Italian for the role. David Yates told a few months ago that it's probably going to be his next film after his first post-Potter gig.

  • Christian | November 7, 2012 11:26 AMReply

    Hardy, known for his Method dedication to his roles would surely spend at least a month in the jungle preparing for a role as Tarzan and that we kinda need to see.

  • cary | November 7, 2012 11:11 AMReply

    Aren't they all a bit too old for Tarzan and already linked to other (possible) franchises?
    Only actor I can think of for live action Tarzan is Brendan Fraser in his George of the Jungle days.
    Liam Hemsworth has right look and physique but I didn't see any of his movies. Can he act?

  • caro | November 7, 2012 5:54 PM

    does the actor (who will be Tarzan) really needs to have range? Tarzan always was a limited character

  • lil | November 7, 2012 10:56 AMReply

    Henri Cavill is a great actor and he is so f****** sexy I could go gay for him

  • Tenner | November 12, 2012 12:09 PM

    Cavill is not a wooden actor all of you who call him that are too used to the so called method actors who only have a pair of trick for each emotion and always look as if they are channeling Brando but look constipated.

    It seems the same person is commenting on Cavill here and always negative. I've noticed it's usually Matt Bomer fans hating on him for getting the Superman role.

  • jen | November 7, 2012 4:14 PM

    Cavil is an awful actor, god he could not get any stiffer if he were a surfboard, however Tarzan was a bit rigid, it just may be perfect for his acting style and movements. Anyone else mentioned here would be perfect for the role. Let Cavil wallow around in his reboot. Jmho.

  • caro | November 7, 2012 11:11 AM

    for sure,he's so good in IMMORTALS and totally memorable in THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY !! incredible in THE TUDORS! (good-looking guy and wooden actor in my opinion)

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