Warner Bros. unloaded the latest trailer for David Yates' The Legend of Tarzan on Thursday, putting star Alexander Skarsgård’s hard-earned peak physical condition on full display. Yates, most known for his A+ work in the Harry Potter franchise, is directing this latest adventure of the iconic Edgar Rice Burroughs character from a script by Adam Cozad (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow).
"I obviously had a very, very good trainer," Skarsgård toldE! News earlier this week of his Tarzan-ready body. "I basically had him and a nutritionist. I’ve never done anything like this before, this extreme. I was just really nervous." Sadly, Skarsgård admitted, most of the "crazy stuff" in terms of tree-related stunts were performed by a trained professional. "He did the amazing stuff and then I came back and did the landing," Skarsgård laughed.
For further hints as to how exactly Skarsgård might put that training to good use, peep the film's official synopsis below:
It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane 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 Belgian, Captain Leon Rom. But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.
In The Legend of Tarzan, the True Blood star is joined by Suicide Squad's Margot Robbie (as Jane) and notoriously delightful villain Christoph Waltz. Samuel L. Jackson, certainly no stranger to shredding it in blockbusters, also stars. Yates, of course, is also currently quite busy with his latest contribution to the Harry Potter canon: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The Legend of Tarzan opens on July 1.