UPDATE: Our friends at Bleeding Cool report new “Cinderella” Lily James is also in the mix, and Stone is unlikely to take the role despite repeated overtures from the studio.
Emma Stone and Margot Robbie are the newest names linked to Warner Bros’ back-on “Tarzan” reboot starring Alexander Skarsgard, according to Variety. Christoph Waltz is now being eyed for the film’s villain role as well.
The film is still awaiting a greenlight, though producers and director David Yates are expecting it to come in November with a planned summer start date, and are putting together the cast to present to the studio. Jessica Chastain had previously been sought for the Jane role but she’s probably a little too busy these days, so Robbie and Stone are reportedly among the actresses now being considered. No negotiations have begun with any of them yet, however. The new version of the Edward Rice Burroughs’ tale is set years after Tarzan has reintegrated back into human society. One day, “he’s asked by Queen Victoria to investigate the goings-on in the Congo. Tarzan teams with an ex-mercenary named George Washington Williams to save the Congo from a fierce warlord who controls a massive diamond mine.” Samuel L. Jackson was previously reportedly being eyed for the role of the mercenary, though there’s no mention of him in the new report.
Warner Bros is clearly high on rising star Robbie, the Aussie newcomer who headlined shortlived ABC series “Pan Am.” Not only does she play the female lead in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” opposite Leonardo Dicaprio, they also recently cast her for the female lead role in grifter rom com “Focus” opposite Will Smith. Stone is always in demand and lands high profile roles left and right. After wrapping a reprisal of Gwen Stacy in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” she headed off to France to film Woody Allen’s latest film opposite Colin Firth, and is next scheduled to do Cameron Crowe’s “Deep Tiki” opposite Bradley Cooper.