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Warner Bros.’ Tarzan has found its Jane. Margot Robbie is in talks to play the female lead in the big-budget Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation, opposite Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan. David Yates is directing.

Meanwhile, she’s also entered talks to star in Craig Zobel‘s Z for Zachariah, replacing previously cast star Amanda Seyfried. In that one, she’ll be starring alongside Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Hit the jump for more details on both of her upcoming projects.

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David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films, has been bouncing back and forth between various possible Potter follow-ups for some time. Warner Bros. was working hard to keep Yates around, and finally set him to make a new Tarzan project; he was also working on films such as The Stand and an Al Capone movie. There was even talk of Yates making a Doctor Who film.

In the end Yates’ first post-Potter project will be the pilot for the FX show Tyrant, which he took over after Ang Lee bailed on directing. But after Tarzan he may do some comic book material. Yates is attached to direct an adaptation of the Image Comics espionage series Who Is Jake Ellis? by Nathan Edmonson and Tonci Zonjic.

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Christoph Waltz and Emma Stone Eyed for ‘Tarzan’

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After mixing it up with a good guy role in Django Unchained, Christoph Waltz could head back to the dark side for Tarzan. Warner Bros. and director David Yates reportedly want Waltz to play the villain in the big-budget adventure, opposite Alexander Skarsgard as the King of the Jungle.

Meanwhile, the studio is also getting serious about casting for the female lead role of Jane, with Emma Stone and Margot Robbie among the names being eyed. Hit the jump to get the info on Waltz’s character and more.

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Scarface / David Yates

Say the word “Scarface,” and what probably comes to mind are mobsters, shootouts, dubious morals, and copious amounts of illicit substances. What probably doesn’t come up are kid wizards, friendly elves, and butterbeer. Unless, that is, you’re at Universal.

The studio’s been planning a remake of the gangster classic Scarface for a couple of years now, and now they’re zeroing in on a director. David Yates, best known for helming the last four Harry Potter films, is reportedly in final talks to take over the movie. Hit the jump for the latest updates on the project.

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David Yates Takes Over FX Pilot ‘Tyrant’

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Losing a multiple Oscar-winner for your project is never a good thing. But, replacing him with a guy responsible for billions in box office isn’t bad. That’s what happening on the FX pilot Tyrant. Ang Lee was set to direct the first episode of the show, which is about “an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation” but he dropped out. He’ll now be replaced by David Yates. He directed the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth Harry Potter films, which grossed over $4 billion worldwide. Read More »

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Skyfall was a smash, and naturally EON Productions, MGM and Sony want to get a new James Bond film rolling with all due speed. All the companies involved want to get their money’s worth out of Daniel Craig while they’ve got him. The Bond machine doesn’t move quickly, however, and it’s no easy task to choose the path for the new installment of a franchise that is 50 years old and almost two dozen films along.

Since Sam Mendes won’t return to make the 24th Bond film (title TBD) who might do the job? EON is talking to a variety of people now, and some of the names are being reported. Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David Yates, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Shane Black are all “in the mix” as possible directors. That doesn’t mean that any of them will be the person who next brings Bond to life, but it gives us something to think about.

Update: Everyone may have spoken too soon. Deadline reports that Sam Mendes is in talks to return to direct Bond 24. More below.

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Briefly: Seems like another high-profile, big-budget studio movie is in danger of getting the axe. Deadline is reporting David Yates’ Tarzan, which had Alexander Skarsgård attached and Jessica Chastain circling, is about to close its production offices. Insiders tell the trade the proposed budget is currently too high for the studio and while changes might be made, filming likely wouldn’t happen for some time.

Tarzan is yet another film Warners has chopped in recent years. Other examples include Legendary’s Paradise Lost with Bradley Cooper and the Akira remake, with Garrett Hedlund and Kristin Stewart. [Deadline]

After making four of the most successful films of all time, director David Yates more or less had his pick of projects. He was originally looking at The Stand but eventually jumped onto Warner Bros. live-action version of the Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ character Tarzan. A laundry list of strapping leading men up were up for the title role with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård likely set to don the loin clothSamuel L. Jackson will also play a prominent role.

In the Tarzan myth, the role of Jane is obviously important too and a new report says Yates reportedly has his sights set on multiple-Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain for the part. Read More »

Alexander Skarsgård has been teetering on the verge of movie stardom for a while now, but even as peers like Tom Hardy and Henry Cavill have found their way to comic book tentpoles, Skarsgård’s mostly been alternating between TV roles (Generation Kill, True Blood), indies (Disconnect, What Maisie Knew), and supporting parts in higher-profile pics (Battleship). Not a bad path, but not quite the A-list career his fans have been predicting.

That may be about to change, though. Skarsgård is reportedly the frontrunner to lead David YatesTarzan, WB’s long-gestating adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ classic character. He could be starring alongside Samuel L. Jackson, who’s being considered for another key character. More details, including a plot description, after the jump.

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