With the much-anticipated release of The Legend of Tarzan on the horizon, and with excitement escalating, we’re delving a little deeper into what makes this a true visual spectacular.
After hearing Director David Yates, producer David Barron and stars Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie talk about this epic new movie, we’re even more excited than ever about the release of The Legend of Tarzan on July 8.
Years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as Lord Greystoke with his beloved wife Jane (Robbie) by his side, he is now invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament. Little does he know he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz).
It’s clear from the way the cast and director talk about The Legend of Tarzan that it was a hit from the moment it was written. The script instantly mesmerised everyone who laid eyes on it. David Yates says the script surprised him and made him smile. It is a script full of humour, politics and far from anarchistic; packed with themes that are very “connected to now in terms of how we value our environment and what we’re doing to animal species around the planet.” This shines through during the course of the movie adding a new, contemporary aspect to Tarzan; that our relationship to nature is as poignant as ever.
Producer David Barron eagerly describes how today’s technology allowed the hugely talented film crew to knit together real life scenes of Africa with exceptional animation. This dichotomy highlights the ambitions of this epic movie. Thematically rich, and geared towards a global audience, the director spent weeks with experts out in Africa in order to give this Hollywood blockbuster the accurate history and authenticity it deserved. The amazing natural landscapes make for truly epic viewing and are perfect for the big screen.
Alexander Skarsgård discusses how he got into character mentally, explaining that “there have been so many iterations of Tarzan, this one really focuses not on taming the beast, but keeping the beast inside and slowly seeing him emerge.” Working with animal behaviourists was a large and exciting aspect of this role for Skarsgård. The physicality was intense, learning how to feel the animal and morph into an animalistic posture naturally was important. The infamous Tarzan yell also took a lot of work, he tried many different versions (even yodeling!) and it was a case of trial and error. By working with a voice specialist they managed to reach the primal levels needed for the true king of the jungle.
Of course, Tarzan isn't complete without Jane, played by Margot Robbie who explains what a fiercely independent character she is. Completely in love with her husband, she is as emotionally strong as Tarzan is physically strong. It’s a captivating romance movie of epic proportions that absolutely, one hundred percent must not be missed. The Legend of Tarzan is out in cinemas from July 8.