Christoph Waltz is in talks to join TARZAN for Warner Bros. Pictures. The plot is being kept under wraps, which isn’t surprising given how many cooks had a finger in that pot. The list of writers is about as long as Gandolf’s beard and the actors eyed for the lead roles are likely longer, though things seem to be stabilizing a bit. Of the four choices for Tarzan, (including Henry Cavill aka Superman, Charlie Hunnam aka 1/2 of Gypsy Danger and Tom Hardy aka Tom Hardy) Alexander Skarsgard was chosen. And now it seems Waltz will be the thorn in his side as he will reportedly play a “a military figure” that will be the movie’s villain. At least in it’s current version. It would be awesome if he was playing some boisterous, big game hunter, but we’ll have to wait and see. Emma Stone and Margot Robbie were mentioned as possible choices for Jane, but neither has been formally offered the role. I guess those early reports about Jessica Chastain were wrong or maybe she just said no.
Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer wrote independent drafts for the studio and it seems like Cozard’s draft was victorious. I really hope this dueling screenwriters trend doesn’t catch on. If you’ll recall Universal pulled a similar stunt with the new “Mummy” reboot. David Yates (director of the last 4 “Harry Potter” movies) will direct. Producing will be Alan Riche, Peter Riche, Tony Ludwig and Jerry Weintraub.
Waltz was last seen chewing up the scenery in “Django Unchained” and will soon appear in Terry Giliam’s “The Zero Theorem,” Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes” and “Muppets Most Wanted.” Ever since being ‘discovered’ in Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds” he’s had quite the busy plate. He is repped by ICM.
Stone was last seen in “Gangster Squad” and heard in “The Croods.” She’ll next appear in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Birdman.” She is repped by WME.
Robbie is more active in the TV world, last appearing in the cancelled “Pan Am.” She will be seen soon in Martin Scorcese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.” She is repped by CAA.