Mar 06, 2016 02:00 AM EST By Maria Cabrera

'The Legend of Tarzan' Cast: Margot Robbie, Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson & More

These actors will appear in one of the biggest action-adventure movie this year. Find out the huge stars they had to contend with before winning their roles!

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  • 'The Legend of Tarzan' is an upcoming action adventure film drawn upon the fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

    In July 2009, writer Beattie talked about Tarzan which he was working on, he said the film will be "big romantic action-adventure film" and it would involve parkour and other high-energy action.

    Plot: It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life in London as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane Porter (Margot Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the corrupt Belgian Captain Léon Rom (Christoph Waltz).

    It is scheduled for release on July 1, 2016 in 2D, 3D, IMAX and IMAX 3D.
  • Alexander Skarsgård as Tarzan / John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke. Skarsgård is best known for his roles as vampire Eric Northman on the HBO series True Blood, Meekus in Zoolander and Brad Colbert in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill.

    On his character Tarzan, Skarsgård said, "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." To get in Tarzan shape, Skarsgård spent four months in a training regimen before principal photography started.

    Swimmer Michael Phelps was reportedly in talks to join the film to play lead as his debut to showbiz career. On November 2012, the studio was eyeing Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill and Charlie Hunnam to play the title role in the film. On November 2012, Alexander Skarsgård was added to the cast by the choice of director Yates, he'll play the title role.
  • Margot Robbie as Jane Porter.

    Yates wanted Jessica Chastain to play the female lead role as Jane Porter. The studio also had eyes on Margot Robbie and Emma Stone to play the female lead character Jane Porter. Emma Watson, Sarah Bolger, Georgina Haig, Lucy Hale, Lyndsy Fonseca, Eleanor Tomlinson, Gabriella Wilde, Lucy Boynton and Cressida Bonas were all considered for the part. On January 2014, Robbie was confirmed to play the female lead as Jane in the Tarzan film along with Skarsgard, beating Stone to this role.
  • Christoph Waltz as Captain Léon Rom, a corrupt merciless Belgian captain. Waltz was in talks to play as a villain in the film; he was later cast as a Belgian soldier named Captain Rom who attempts to capture Tarzan in exchange for a ransom in diamonds.
  • Samuel L. Jackson as George Washington Williams.
  • John Hurt as Prof. Archimedes Q. Porter, Jane's father and Tarzan's father in law.
  • Djimon Hounsou was set to play Chief Mbonga in the film.
  • Ella Purnell was cast as young Jane Porter. Purnell appeared in the feature film Kick-Ass 2 (2013), alongside actress Chloë Grace Moretz. She also appeared as a main character in the independent film, WildLike, and as a young Maleficent in Disney's 2014 film Maleficent.
  • The release of the first trailer in December 2015 revealed that Jim Broadbent was also a part of the cast.
  • Casper Crump was cast to play Captain Kerchover.
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