Hollywood has a long history of reimagining the stories we all know and love. And there’s a reason we see so many remakes and sequels hit the theaters. Classic stories and captivating characters cast a spell on us that makes us want to revisit their worlds time and time again. Last year, we watched Kenneth Branagh retell the romantic story of Cinderella. This year, we look forward to yet another adaptation of a classic tale: “The Legend of Tarzan.”
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Directed by David Yates of “Harry Potter” fame, “The Legend of Tarzan” tells the story of the King of Jungle in a much different way than the popular Disney version. The movie is based on the stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs and, unlike the animated film, starts with the civilized life Tarzan and Jane lead in London. When Tarzan is called to return to the jungle to investigate mining activity, he is faced with memories and familial ties to the place he once called home and is plunged into a targeted scheme conducted by the corrupt Captain Léon Rom. This film is sure to be filled with action and intensity, but will also tug at our heartstrings as we recall the familiar experiences of homesickness, nostalgia, and coming to terms with who you were and who you have become.
In addition to the promise of a moving and exciting storyline, “The Legend of Tarzan” features a standout cast that will surely do this classic story justice. The power couple, Tarzan and Jane, will be portrayed by Alexander Skarsgård (“True Blood”) and Margot Robbie (“Suicide Squad”), respectively.
Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”) plays Captain Rom and Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction”) plays George Washington Williams, the historical missionary who publicly reported on the mistreatment of the Congolese people during King Leopold II’s reign. That being said, I hope this film captures the historical aspects of the time with respect and enlightenment, while still providing us with the fictionalized characters and storyline we have come to admire.
“The Legend of Tarzan” will open in theaters July 1, 2016.
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