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Kellan Lutz: From the Lord of the Sea to the King of the Jungle.
The "Immortals" star will soon be swinging from a vine as he's signed on to play the title role in a new version of "Tarzan," according to Deadline.
This new take on the classic adventure character will be directed by Reinhard Klooss ("Animals United") from a script by Jessica Postigo (who will be adapting the upcoming "The Mortal Instruments") and Yoni Brenner ("Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs"). "Tarzan" will also follow in the footsteps of Disney's recent take on "A Christmas Carol" as a fully animated CGI feature that utilizes motion capture performance.
So, sorry, ladies — that bare chest is going to look a little cartoonish.
The project is being set up at Constantin Films, which is currently at least one step ahead of Warner Bros., which has also been looking to do a "Tarzan" movie. Both studios don't seem to mind that the character comes from the creative mind of Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose other pulp hero, "John Carter," just proved to be a flop for Disney (which released a more classically animated version of "Tarzan" in 1999).
Kellan Lutz is, of course, the perfect choice to play the athletic, ever-hollering jungle man. Lutz recently went shirtless and god-like as Poseidon in "Immortals" and tried (and failed) to stay awake in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" reboot. And he'll be playing Emmett Cullen one final time in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," opening Nov. 16.
No start date has been announced for "Tarzan" yet, but Spencer Locke ("Detention") is in talks to play the role of Jane. It's going to get hot in that jungle!