Wanted: A New Big-Screen Tarzan

Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro has been tapped to direct a new big screen incarnation of Tarzan for Warner Bros. "I’d love to create a new version that is still a family movie, but as edgy as I can make it," del Toro told Variety. "There are strong themes of survival of a defenseless child left behind in the most hostile environment." (Sounds like familiar turf for the Pan’s Labyrinth director.)

Little is known about the edgy-yet-family-oriented script that’s to be written by John Collee (who co-scripted both Master and Commander: Far Side of the World and Happy Feet). But that shouldn’t stop us PopWatchers from suggesting the proper casting. I’d like see Step Up‘s Channing Tatum put his hard body and soft eyes to use. You?

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  • Dave

    Okay, I had a whole list of hunks who I’d like to see play the role, but now I can’t stop thinking about Channing Tatum in nothing but a small loincloth….Um, what were talking about again?

  • randys

    Channing “hunkalicious” Tatum as Tarzan, my God, I
    think I need a valium.

  • Dave

    Haha, love it! Hey Randys, I think we have something in common ;-)

  • marykate

    Taylor Kitsch!
    He’s so dreamy in Friday Night Lights as Riggins. Brooding, quiet, hot, etc. I think he’s perfect!

  • Larry

    How about some skinny twenty year-old as Jane?

  • Ceballos

    Jason Lewis from “Sex and the city”…and now “Brothers and Sisters” would be perfect.

  • Ep Sato

    Benicio Del Toro. He’s got that look that says “totally wild”.
    Really, anyone’s a better choice than Christopher Lambert, who’s role in the awful “Greystoke” turned me off of the Tarzan story for nearly 20 years.

  • Victor Perez

    Um…. Dude,… Channing?… loincloth?… jungle?… can’t.. breathe… must.. lie.. down… room…. is…. spinning……..!

  • msspop

    I just wish Hugh Jackman was younger so he could do it. He’s been wild as Wolverine, a rebel as a vampire hunter, and now a tender lover in The Fountain.
    I just hope they don’t use some hapless pretty boy .. in order to truly be wild, Tarzan has to be masculine and strong with a hint of brutality. You don’t survive in the jungle by being a pussycat.

  • Nose

    I honestly can’t get past Tatum’s terrible acting to appreciate his good looks. Granted, while he is in the jungle as Tarzan, he won’t have to say much.
    I think that given how good Daniel Craig looks in a tiny speedo, a loincloth would be right up his alley.

  • msspop

    Hey wait — whatever happened to that guy that played Beastmaster on TV? He already speaks to animals and the loin cloth is included.

  • Vicky

    Channing Tatum needs to hit up a few acting classes first. Then I can look at AND listen to him.

  • furry_tom

    I don’t think that anyone is thinking outside of the already exhausted Tarzan archetype. How about picking an actor who burns with a fiercely primitive intensity even while conveying a profound sense of melancholy. Someone like Frankie Muniz.

  • Moneyz

    Ron Jeremy! He’s got the hair, and uhh… well that’s pretty much it, but still… Ron Jeremy.

  • furry_tom

    Ron Jeremy’s more of a hedgehog than an ape man.

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