His­tor­i­cal spin on new ‘Tarzan’

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LOS AN­GE­LES: Tarzan may have left the jun­gle, but the call of the wild proves too ir­re­sistible for the vine-swing­ing hero as he is lured back to the wild only to find him­self rac­ing to save his kid­napped wife and the Con­golese peo­ple in a new film.

The Leg­end of Tarzan, due in SA on July 15, sees Tarzan, played by Swedish ac­tor Alexan­der Skars­gard, go­ing by the name John Clay­ton, liv­ing in a manor in Vic­to­rian Eng­land and mar­ried to Jane, played by Mar­got Rob­bie.

But an in­vi­ta­tion to the Congo draws the Clay­tons back, where they are am­bushed and Jane is kid­napped by the ne­far­i­ous Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), who has been tasked with de­liv­er­ing Tarzan to a tribal chief in ex­change for di­a­monds.

“It’s more about the tra­di­tional story in re­verse, so we go back to the Congo rather than be­gin­ning there,” Rob­bie said.

Skars­gard, best known for play­ing a vam­pire in the True Blood TV se­ries, is the lat­est star to play Tarzan, bulk­ing up his physique over nine months to em­body the jun­gle hero’s strength and an­i­mal-like agility.

The fic­tional story of Tarzan, based on the books by Edgar Rice Bur­roughs, is weaved into the real life story of African- Amer­i­can his­to­rian Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Williams, who trav­elled to the Congo and con­demned Bel­gium’s King Leopold II for his harsh and bru­tal treat­ment of the Con­golese peo­ple.

Sa­muel L Jack­son plays Williams, who helps save the lo­cals from be­ing en­slaved by Bel­gium’s mil­i­tary.

“It’s one way of giv­ing it some his­tor­i­cal ac­cu­racy,” Jack­son said. – Reuters

Alexan­der Skars­gard

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