At long, long last Warner Brothers has unveiled the first two stills from the Legend of Tarzan via a USA Today article that just appeared.
Both images are credited to Jonathan Olley
The image of Skarsgard should lay to rest most of the naysayers who worried about hm being muscled enough for Tarzan. And note — no loincloth!
And the shot of Skarsgard and Robbie is interestingly dark.
The USA Today article that accompanies the images includes the first commentary by Yates:
Jane has always factored heavily into the Tarzan mythology, and Yates envisions Robbie as a 21st-century take on the character who’s “in no way a passive partner to Tarzan. She’s a really strong, assertive, beautifully knowledgeable, very sexy modern woman who can more than look after herself,” says the director. “In a way, it’s a story of two human beings and how they save each other.”
Of Skarsgard, Yates says: “Tarzan needs muscles, but it’s more a leaner, longer, more vertical modern man than the square-jawed stereotype we’re used to,” Yates says.
The article also provides the first commentary I’ve seen on Skarsgaard’s fitness regime:
To get in Tarzan shape, Skarsgård spent four months in an all-consuming training regimen before principal photography started. “I basically didn’t see my family or my friends,” he says, though he adds that the part “was definitely worth getting up at 4:30 in the morning.”
My initial reactions:
- Skarsgard looks excellent and I expected him to. I’m glad they didn’t black his hair, although it looks like they’ve definitely downplayed the blonde (hard to say …hair is wet here)…..Same for Robie…glad the blondeness is downplayed, there’s a touch of red in hers……good choice to not have her be platinum blonde like in Wolf of Wall Street.
- I like the choice to make his hair long as it appears here. Not sure how that will play as the cultured Englishman …. maybe there is some time passage where it gets this way in Africa? But I like it.
- The imagery seems rich … somewhat stylized — the jungle appears highly designed and almost magical, reminiscent of the Jungle Book trailer . . . I’m okay with that.
- I like the somber tone and “hushed” quality to both of the images.
- The loin cloth would be a tough sell in 2016. Good choice to ditch it.
In any event, I will be interested to see the reaction — and whether there is much reaction. Hope so. I’m very relieved to see something and relieved that it looks promising.
Here’s the full size, full-rez version of the Skarsgard pic:
And if you wonder who Edgar Rice Burroughs would have cast as Tarzan — here are his two favoirites next to Skarsgard. Click on the epic to go to an article that includes Burroughs’ full views on what he wanted in a movie Tarzan.