New ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ Trailer Swings into Action

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A new trailer has dropped for The Legend of Tarzan, Warner Bros.’ upcoming live-action film starring Alexander Skarsgård as the man raised in the jungle by apes.

The film will find our vine-swinging hero in London, years after leaving behind his life in the jungles of Africa for a life in London with Jane (Margot Robbie). Invited back to the Congo as a trade emissary, he finds himself opposed to the evil plans put in motion by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz).

We’re a little wary about this one. The visuals look nice, save for some occasionally questionable CGI, and the cast is strong, but it’s all looking a little too bland to really get us excited. Maybe it’s just the very adequate trailer, content with ticking off the boxes, that rings of ‘meh.’ Still, you never know, this could be a surprisingly robust action-adventure.

David Yates, who was at the helm of the last four Harry Potter films, directs from a screenplay by Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow, Black Snake Moan) and Adam Cozad (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit).

The Legend of Tarzan, also starring Samuel L. Jackson (of course), Djimon Hounsou, John Hurt, and Jim Broadbent, hits the U.S. on July 1 and Australia on July 7.

Synopsis for The Legend of Tarzan:

It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

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