- Published on Friday, May 04 2012
- Written by Katie Marzullo
Dozens of actors have played Tarzan, King of the Apes, over the years, starting all the way back in 1918. His most memorable incarnations have included beefy Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller, back in the ‘30s and ‘40s; Christopher Lambert, from the 1984 feature film Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes; and Disney’s 1999 cartoon rendering (voiced by Tony Goldwyn). Hell, there’s even a section of the San Fernando Valley named after the vine-swinger (Tarzana).
Now, another Hollywood hunk will be added to the long list of men who’ve played the jungle god – Twilight stud Kellan Lutz.
Ah, but before you get too excited, images swimming in your head of Emmett Cullen in nothing but a skimpy loin cloth, you should know that, word is, the film will be a 3D motion capture production, which means we might only see a vague representation of Kellan under a thick layer of CGI effects, à la Avatar.
The movie, produced by German company Constantin Film, has been developing the project for a while now, and things must be finally progressing nicely if they’re starting to cast in earnest. The story is reportedly somewhat of a modern-day update to the original Edgar Rice Burroughs tale from 1912, with the main antagonist being the head of an amoral energy company, and Jane being the environmental activist daughter of an African tour guide trying to save Tarzan’s natural habitat from exploitation. Again, rather much like Avatar.
Spencer Locke, perhaps best know as K-Mart from Resident Evils Extinction and Afterlife, is attached to the role of Jane. No release date has yet been set.
Are you psyched to see Kellan Lutz chillin’ with monkeys?
- Katie Marzullo, YH Staff Editor