This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Samuel L Jackson, left, and Alexander Skarsgard in a scene from “The Legend of Tarzan.” Tarzan may have left the jungle, but the call of the wild proves too irresistible for the rope-swinging hero as he is lured back to the African forests, only to find himself racing to save his kidnapped wife and the Congolese people in a new film. “The Legend of Tarzan,” due in US theaters on Friday, sees Tarzan, played by Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard, going by the name John Clayton, living in a manor in Victorian England and married to Jane, played by Margot Robbie. But an invitation to the Congo draws the Claytons back, where they are ambushed and Jane is kidnapped by the nefarious Leon Rom , who has been tasked with delivering Tarzan to a tribal chief in exchange for diamonds.
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Watch Video: What’s making news “It’s more about the traditional story in reverse, so we go back to the Congo rather than beginning there,” actress Margot Robbie told Reuters.Skarsgard, best known for playing a vampire in HBO’s “True Blood” series, is the latest star to play Tarzan, bulking up his physique over nine months to embody the jungle hero’s strength and animal-like agility. “A transformation as an actor is always exciting,” Skarsgard said. “It was tough physically and mentally sometimes as well because you’re so isolated from friends and family for nine months. It wasn’t tough in a way because I was so excited and motivated.” The fictional story of Tarzan, based on the books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, is weaved into the real life story of African-American historian George Washington Williams, who traveled to the Congo and condemned…