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First images of 'The Legend of Tarzan' unveiled

IANS  |  Los Angeles 

The first official look at actors Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie in the David Yates-directorial "The Legend of Tarzan" has been unveiled.

Warner Bros has released two photographs which give a look at Skarsgard's title character and Robbie's Jane, reports

The first image features a romantic moment of Jane and Tarzan in the middle of a jungle. Meanwhile, the second image sees Skarsgard's hunky character in the rain.

The upcoming movie will be different from its original story.

Instead of telling a story about a human being raised by apes and becoming lord of the jungle, "The Legend of Tarzan" will follow the title character leaving the jungle of Africa, along with his beloved wife Jane, and becoming a British gentleman.

A decade removed from his home in the Congo, he has been invited back to the nation to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament only to be put in serious danger.

"It's almost the opposite of the classic tale, where it's about taming the beast," Skarsgard was quoted as saying by USA Today.

"This is about a man who's holding back and slowly as you peel off the layers, he reverts back to a more animalistic state and lets that side of his personality out," he added.

Skarsgard spent four months to have a hard training before principal photography of the film started.

"I basically didn't see my family or my friends," he said, though according to him, the part "was definitely worth getting up at 4:30 in the morning".

Yates added some information about Robbie's role in the movie. The director said the character would be "in no way a passive partner to Tarzan".

"She's a really strong, assertive, beautifully knowledgeable, very sexy modern woman who can more than look after herself," the director explained.

The movie also stars Djimon Hounsou as Chief Mbonga, Samuel L. Jackson as the real-life figure of George Washington Williams and Christoph Waltz as Belgian antagonist Captain Leon Rom.

The action adventure movie is slated for a US release on July 1 next year.

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First Published: Wed, December 09 2015. 16:08 IST