Christoph Waltz is a super charismatic performer who can easily come off as being very likable, as we saw last year when he won everyone’s hearts as the second lead in Django Unchained. But the fact of the matter is, he debuted in mainstream minds so powerfully and so memorably playing an evil and disturbing Nazi in Inglorious Basterds that many seem to be typecasting him as a bad dude. Already since Basterds got everyone’s attention he’s played a ridiculous villain in The Green Hornet, a ridiculous villain in The Three Musketeers, and now there are reports that he’s being looked at to play what’s sure to be a ridiculous villain in David Yates’ upcoming Tarzan film.
The story comes from Variety, who report that Waltz is currently in talks to join the film opposite Alexander Skarsgard’s title character. Seeing as there are so many dozens of “Tarzan” novels alone, not to mention all of the other versions of the character from other mediums, it’s hard to say what sort of storyline Yates and company are looking to adapt for this new Tarzan film, but early reports indicate that the character Waltz is up for would be that of a military man. Likely a smug military man, with a jerk plan of some sort.
There’s also word that Yates is pretty motivated to get Waltz on board because, even with his name attached as director and Skarsgard’s attached as star, the studio has yet to give this project an official green light. The thought is that they’re waiting for a full acting package to come together before they start diverting resources to the film, and while that probably primarily means they’re waiting to find out who Yates is going to come up with to play the Jane character, having an Oscar winner like Waltz on board in the villain role certainly couldn’t hurt.
As far as the Jane role is concerned, Variety’s sources say that Margot Robbie and Emma Stone are among the names currently being considered, but you know how reliable those short lists of potential actors usually are, so let’s not focus much on that. Instead, let’s focus on the fact that we’re now likely going to see a scene in a movie where the hot guy from True Blood swings out of a tree on a vine and kicks Christoph Waltz in the face. That’s the sort of thing movies were invented for.