Jessica Chastain Circles Jane Role in 'Tarzan'

The 'Zero Dark Thirty' star is rumored to be the top choice for the female lead in director David Yates' new jungle drama.

Jessica Chastain circles Jane role in Tarzan reboot
Jessica Chastain circles Jane role in Tarzan reboot
There hasn't been much news about Warner Bros.' Tarzan reboot since David Yates (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2) signed on to direct in November. Today, we have word that Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain is the front runner to portray Jane. It isn't known if an offer has been issued to the actress as of yet.

We also reported in November that True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård is the top contender to play the jungle king John Clayton III, a.k.a Tarzan. The story follows Tarzan as he goes on a mission to investigate a conflict in the Congo, at the behest of Queen Victoria. Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to play George Washington Williams, a Civil War veteran who joins forces with Tarzan to stop a nefarious warlord. Other actors such as Henry Cavill and Charlie Hunnam were previously considered for the title role.

David Yates is directing from a screenplay by Stephen Sommers and Stuart Beattie, adapted from the 1912 Edgar Rice Burroughs novel Tarzan of the Apes. No production schedule was given.

Tarzan comes to theaters July 1st, 2016 and stars Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Hounsou, John Hurt. The film is directed by David Yates.



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  1. ejk1

    @dan1 Good calls. Just...not Momoa.

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  2. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @dan1 Hehe, good choices. One acts like an animal, and the other has experience being a cast away

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  3. Dan

    @narrator@ejk1 I would put forward Joe Manganiello from True Blood. Or Josh Holloway.

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  4. the Narrator

    @ejk1 I have to agree. If Momoa or someone equally as annoying is cast in this role, this'll have lasting effects on Chastain's career. Thankfully, they seem to be looking at predominantly Caucasian leads, most of whom might be able to pull off the role.

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  5. thedude-abides

    @dan1 Lol. I feel like we agree on most things :(

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  6. Dan

    @thedude-abides I like when we do agree on things :)

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  7. thedude-abides

    Depends on who they cast as Tarzan, but I think she would make a fabulous Jane, to @dan1's point.

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  8. Mr.K

    Yes because her blandness in Zero Dark Thirty truly proves that she can play the role of Jane for the Tarzan reboot.

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  9. ejk1

    I fear Jason Momoa is going to be cast as Tarza, ending Chastain promising career earlier than it should.

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  10. Dan

    I can see her as Jane immediately.

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  11. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    For their career's sake

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  12. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Though no one asked for a reboot, this must fair better than John Carter

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