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ejmor - February 16, 2011 07:30 AM (GMT)
TARZAN OF THE APES: Casting Call

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That’s right folks, it’s casting call time! I just went out and bought a new casting couch, so we’re good to go. I want to make this as comfortable as possible for the great talents and entourage leaders of Hollywood. I also have some pretty damned nice whiskey in the office. Come on in folks.

Today’s casting call is for my first ever franchise film... Tarzan! One role is filled, as I have acquired the acting services of the totally awesome Jean Reno for the #3 role, but there’s a few more things to be sorted out yet. They are all listed below. Thanks in advance for the suggestions.

Plot: ‘Tarzan Of The Apes’ is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ story of an orphaned English lord, raised by apes in the depths of the African jungle, who grows up to eventually become king of his ape tribe, who falls in love with the beautiful - and conveniently marooned - Jane Porter of Baltimore, and who learns the ways of civilization and follows Jane to America.

DIRECTOR - Every film needs a director. Believe it or not, even this one does. This Tarzan is not going to be the wholesome kids movie that Disney gave us, either. This is as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ initially intended. Sure, the Director will be shooting some dramatic stuff, and romantic stuff, but you’ll get action and fight sequences too. This Director needs to know how to pull out all the stops. And we’ll be filming in the jungles of Gabon, in Africa. So no pussies.


TARZAN - Male, 20s. Caucasian, extremely athletic, tall, handsome, and tanned, with grey eyes and black hair. A cross between a Greek statue and a 40's leading man. Emotionally, he is courageous, loyal and steadfast. He is also quite intelligent. Tarzan is the son of a British Lord and Lady who were marooned on the West coast of Africa. Following their death, he is raised by great apes.


JANE PORTER - Female, 20s. Caucasian, Blonde, American. Cute & quirky, but not wimpy. She's fun to have around. Jane, along with her father and others of their party, is marooned on the same coast that Tarzan calls home. She is the first white woman he has ever seen, and Tarzan becomes infatuated with her.


PAUL D’ARNOT – French Naval Officer, whom Tarzan saves from savages. D'Arnot teaches Tarzan English and how to behave among white men.
This role will be filled by Jean Reno.


WILLIAM CECIL CLAYTON – Male, late 20s, early 30s. Tarzan's cousin, and unwitting usurper of the ape man's ancestral English estate. He and Jane Porter are romantically linked. Bit of a snob.


PROFESSOR JAMES PORTER – Male, 50s. Jane’s father. An archaeologist, heading a safari on the West coast of Africa. Intelligent, older man. Loving father, gentle man. Wouldn’t do anything to endanger Tarzan or the great apes of that area. More fascinated by them.


Smaller roles:
(looking for relatively unknown talents for these smaller roles)


SIR JOHN CLAYTON – Male, late 20s-30s. Tarzan’s father. A British Lord who, when marooned on the Western coast of equatorial Africa, has a son with his wife, Alice. They set up home on the coast to cater for their son, until they are killed when he is just a year old.


LADY ALICE CLAYTON – Female, late 20s-30s. Tarzan’s mother. Same story as Sir John Clayton.


NYATUI – Male, African. Leader of a poaching party. The man responsible for killing Tarzan’s adoptive ape-mother.
Thinking: - Isaach De Bankole



Thanks all! Any questions or queries, just ask!

MrGooglebot - February 16, 2011 08:30 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (ejmor @ Feb 16 2011, 07:30 AM)
DIRECTOR - Every film needs a director. Believe it or not, even this one does. This Tarzan is not going to be the wholesome kids movie that Disney gave us, either. This is as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ initially intended. Sure, the Director will be shooting some dramatic stuff, and romantic stuff, but you’ll get action and fight sequences too. This Director needs to know how to pull out all the stops. And we’ll be filming in the jungles of Gabon, in Africa. So no pussies.

I have the perfect man for the job.
He can do drama like your mama!
He can do comedy that will make your chest sore!
He can make a film more romantic than Titanic!
He can add more BOOM to fill a room!

I'm talking about mad man director Danny Boyle!
Having done films from almost all genres and having been graced with an Oscar! This man can turn this film into a masterpiece. The director of, if im not mistaken a personal favourite of yours, A Life Less Ordinary; he's done 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire and he's up for Academy Awards for his new breathtaking film 127 Hours. He's the man for the job!

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Corey - February 16, 2011 05:14 PM (GMT)
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DIRECTOR - Every film needs a director. Believe it or not, even this one does. This Tarzan is not going to be the wholesome kids movie that Disney gave us, either. This is as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ initially intended. Sure, the Director will be shooting some dramatic stuff, and romantic stuff, but you’ll get action and fight sequences too. This Director needs to know how to pull out all the stops. And we’ll be filming in the jungles of Gabon, in Africa. So no pussies.


Alfonso Cuaron or if you really want somebody who is absolutely insane and doesn't care to in the face or an animal or be left in the jungle -- Werner Herzog would be an EXCELLENT choice.

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TARZAN - Male, 20s. Caucasian, extremely athletic, tall, handsome, and tanned, with grey eyes and black hair. A cross between a Greek statue and a 40's leading man. Emotionally, he is courageous, loyal and steadfast. He is also quite intelligent. Tarzan is the son of a British Lord and Lady who were marooned on the West coast of Africa. Following their death, he is raised by great apes.


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Jake Gyllenhaal comes to mind and for obvious reason. He seems to fit every single characteristic that you ask for.

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JANE PORTER - Female, 20s. Caucasian, Blonde, American. Cute & quirky, but not wimpy. She's fun to have around. Jane, along with her father and others of their party, is marooned on the same coast that Tarzan calls home. She is the first white woman he has ever seen, and Tarzan becomes infatuated with her.


Scarlett Johansson perhaps? Her role as Black Widow in Iron Man proves that she is anything, but wimpy.

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WILLIAM CECIL CLAYTON – Male, late 20s, early 30s. Tarzan's cousin, and unwitting usurper of the ape man's ancestral English estate. He and Jane Porter are romantically linked. Bit of a snob.


Cillian Murphy or Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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PROFESSOR JAMES PORTER – Male, 50s. Jane’s father. An archaeologist, heading a safari on the West coast of Africa. Intelligent, older man. Loving father, gentle man. Wouldn’t do anything to endanger Tarzan or the great apes of that area. More fascinated by them.


Tom Wilkinson

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SIR JOHN CLAYTON – Male, late 20s-30s. Tarzan’s father. A British Lord who, when marooned on the Western coast of equatorial Africa, has a son with his wife, Alice. They set up home on the coast to cater for their son, until they are killed when he is just a year old.


Andy Whitfield

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NYATUI – Male, African. Leader of a poaching party. The man responsible for killing Tarzan’s adoptive ape-mother.
Thinking: - Isaach De Bankole


Peter Mensah

Cuboid - February 16, 2011 05:38 PM (GMT)
I like the Danny Boyle pitch for director. When I was reading the casting call I thought of him even before seeing Googlebot's pitch, so I am in support. Though Werner Herzog would be a cool choice as well.

For Jane Porter... 20s? No. Blonde? No. American? No. Caucasian? Yes. Female? Yes! I know she is rather different than what you describe in the call, but I can't help but think that my friend, Marion Cotillard would kill in this role. Cute and quirky? She has a wonderful look for it, and has shown it in La Vie en Rose, Public Enemies, and some scenes of Inception. Not a wimp? Well, you have all of those other scenes from Inception. She's a wonderfully talented actress, becoming a bigger name in Hollywood, and I would love if Tarzan was her next project to make that happen. In the end you have a story written by an old white guy, with a very British sounding name (though apparently he isn't British), about a girl who is the daughter of an archaeologist and romantically linked to a rich English guy.... yet, ends up falling in love(?) with a guy who lives in the jungle. If this isn’t the girl for you, I have no idea.

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Also outside of what you actually describe, and I think his name was thrown around in the chat, but I would love Hugh Jackman as Tarzan. Athletic. Tall. Handsome... but also appearing quite intelligent. He has that vibe about him that to me fits with an English lord, while also able to be rugged enough to be lord of the apes.

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Keeping with my older suggestions, I'd love Michael Caine as Professor James Porter... maybe just because I love Michael Caine.

Mr Googlebot - February 16, 2011 10:41 PM (GMT)
Im definitely with Corey on the Jake Gyllenhaal pitch.
He'd make a perfect Tarzan.

Mothra - February 17, 2011 04:15 AM (GMT)
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JANE PORTER - Female, 20s. Caucasian, Blonde, American. Cute & quirky, but not wimpy. She's fun to have around. Jane, along with her father and others of their party, is marooned on the same coast that Tarzan calls home. She is the first white woman he has ever seen, and Tarzan becomes infatuated with her.


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This is a Dog eat pussy world out there, and survival can be trying at times. I think Amanda Seyfried would fit this role because, well... Not to ruin Cubes mojo but... 20s? Yes. Blonde? Yes. American? Yes. Caucasian? Yes. Female? Yes! I think she has a classy vibe to her, girl next door style. I decided to use a picture with puppy dog eyes (couldn't find her with a stop watch) to pay homage to your last pitch so it should make it extremely difficult to say no. I used to have a thing for old Scarjo, but then Seyfried came along and pulled my interest away. If she can infatuate me, she should be able to do it to Tarzan, and she's not even the first white woman I have ever seen lol.

For the rest...

TARZAN - Prince of Persia Gyllenhaal is about perfect.

WILLIAM CECIL CLAYTON – Andrew Garfield

PROFESSOR JAMES PORTER – Anthony Hopkins, Brendan Gleeson, or Ian McShane

SIR JOHN CLAYTON – Scott Speedman




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