Deadline reports that Djimon Hounsou has joined the cast of WB's upcoming Tarzan as Chief Mbonga, a character that appeared in a number of Edgar Rice Burroughs' original stories. Hounsou can be next seen on the big screen as Korath the Pursuer in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.
Featuring a screenplay by Stephen Sommers and Stuart Beattie, the live-action film will adapt Edgar Rice Burroughs' 1912 book "Tarzan of the Apes" but is rumored to pick up at a point well past Tarzan's "origin story," instead following the hero after having returned to and been assimilated by British civilization of the era. The action will then follow the Burroughs hero on a mission into the Congo under orders from Queen Victoria.
Alexander Skarsgård will star as the titular hero along with Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz. Directed by David Yates, Tarzan is scheduled to hit theaters on July 1, 2016.
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