Okay, consider the source and proceed with caution–the New York Post says that Jessica Chastain is the first choice to play Jane in the new version of “Tarzan” planned by Warner Brothers. David Yates is set to direct with Alexander Skarsgard supposedly lined up to play Tarzan and Samuel L. Jackson as a Civil War veteran sent to investigate trouble in the Congo.
Chastain is mostly known for her art house fare and awards nominations, but this would be her first blockbuster franchise. She nearly took roles in Tom Cruise’s “Oblivion” and “Iron Man 3″ but backed out of those when she was offered “Zero Dark Thirty.” Good call, Jessica.
Chastain has completed the duo movies “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His.” She’s also supposed to star in a film adaptation of Ibsen’s classic play “Miss Julie.” It’s not clear if that would be pushed aside if she signs up for “Tarzan” (if, indeed, the rumor is true), as WB does not seem to have a firm start date for “Tarzan” yet.
You could say that Chastain should stick with her high class award winning roles and avoid a franchise where she may not get to do more than ogle Skarsgard in a loincloth. However, other actresses in her age range, like Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett Johanssen, have hopped upon a franchise to pick up a paycheck that allows them to also pursue smaller films; Johanssen has even managed to squeeze in stage work, something you would think is also a priority for Chastain who has roots in that world. So I wouldn’t begrudge her if she takes this step–if, again, there is any truth to this rumor.