. HANGING OUT: Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgard in a scene from The Legend of Tarzan.
. HANGING OUT: Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgard in a scene from The Legend of Tarzan. Jonathan Olley

Tarzan preview: Human nature or mother nature?

THE classic story of John Clayton III (Alexander Skarsgard), who, following his parents death in Africa, would be raised by an ape and would be known by the name Tarzan.

He has left Africa and go to his parents home in England, along with the woman he fell in love with and married, Jane Porter (Australia's Margot Robbie).

He is asked by Belgian King Leopold to go to Africa to see what he has done there to help the country.

Initially, he refuses. But an American, George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) wants him to accept so he can accompany him.

He says that Leopold might be committing all sorts of atrocities to achieve his goal, like slavery, and he needs to prove it.

Clayton agrees and his wife insists that she accompany him because she misses Africa.

When they arrive a man named Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), who works for King Leopold, attacks the village they are at and captures Tarzan and Jane.

Both Leon Rom and King Leopold are real characters who changed the history of Africa in the 19th Century.

Much has been speculated about Skarsgard as Tarzan.

To get in Tarzan shape, Alexander Skarsgard spent four months training non-stop in an "intense and all-consuming" workout regime, eventually building highly developed eight pack abs as he is shirtless throughout the film.

Director David Yates described Skarsgaa's Tarzan look as "more lean, more ripped, more vertical" than the audience has seen before.

Tarzan is out in cinemas today.


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