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David Yates Tackling 'Tarzan'; Hardy, Hunnam, Cavill & Skarsgård in the Mix

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 8, 2012 at 1:58PM

"Harry Potter" director David Yates will helm "Tarzan" for Warner Bros. The potential franchise is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' series of classic books about the Earl of Greystoke's adventures as a "white ape" in equatorial Africa. It's 100 years since the first book, "Tarzan of the Apes," was published. Burroughs also originated the John Carter of Mars series, which recently met with big budget disaster. Tarzan was far more globally well-known via some 89 Hollywood incarnations, from Buster Crabbe and Johnny Weismuller through Christopher Lambert. So far rumors have Yates meeting with Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam and Alexander Skarsgård for the titular role, while Warners is also eyeing Tom Hardy.
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"Harry Potter" director David Yates will helm "Tarzan" for Warner Bros. The potential franchise is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' series of classic books about the Earl of Greystoke's adventures as a "white ape" in equatorial Africa. It's 100 years since the first book, "Tarzan of the Apes," was published. Burroughs also originated the John Carter of Mars series, which recently met with big budget disaster. Tarzan was far more globally well-known via some 89 Hollywood incarnations, from Buster Crabbe and Johnny Weismuller through Christopher Lambert.

So far rumors have Yates meeting with Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam and Alexander Skarsgård for the titular role, while Warners is also eyeing Tom Hardy.

Cavill stars as Superman in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel," out next June, while Hunnam stars in Guillermo del Toro's epic aliens vs. robots film "Pacific Rim," set for July. Skarsgård, of "True Blood" fame, had supporting roles in the likes of "Melancholia" and "Battleship" as well as a lead in the "Straw Dogs" remake. He also stars in the upcoming Toronto entry "What Maisie Knew," opposite Julianne Moore, and "The East," from "The Sound of My Voice" director Zal Batmanglij.

While Hardy has the most robust resume of these four, including "Bronson," "Warrior," "Inception," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Lawless" -- he's yet to score big in a leading role. Depending on the intended tone of "Tarzan," his physicality could be just the thing for a rough and animalistic raised-by-apes hero. He will also star as Max in "Mad Max: Fury Road," and is rumored to be attached to Doug Liman's "Everest."
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.