Christoph Waltz Could Play the Bad Guy in New ‘Tarzan’

By September 27, 2013

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Oscar-winning actor Christoph Waltz is still best known to mainstream audiences for his stunning series of pitch perfect bad dude roles – from Col. Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds to Chudofnsky in The Green Hornet to August in Water for Elephants – despite recently showing his powers of good in Django Unchained. Yet Waltz still seems intrigued by tapping into his inner villain.

At least, that has to be the reason why he’d be interested in signing on for something as silly sounding as David Yates’ take on the Tarzan mythos. Variety reports that Waltz is currently in talks to join the Alexander Skarsgard-starring film as a “military figure” (this sounds familiar) who is at odds with the jungle-bound hottie. Next up, Yates and company will need to find their Jane. The outlet reports that some potential names for the role include Emma Stone and Margot Robbie.

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Little else is known about the film, beyond the fact that its script has been worked on by a number of screenwriters, including John August, Marianne Wibberley, and Adam Cozad. Guess adapting a master like Edgar Rice Burroughs to the big screen isn’t that easy? Even less heartening is the news that the film still doesn’t even have a greenlight, though the addition of potential new stars will help package the film before it goes in front of the “greenlight committee” (which sounds amazing). Rumor has it that Samuel L. Jackson was attached to the project a few months back, but there’s no word on whether he’s still interested.

If things keep coming together for Tarzan, the film is aiming to get started next summer, so perhaps we’ll see some Skarsgard tree-swinging soon enough (too soon, really).

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss,, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.