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Tarzan swings again in screen tale of rescue and revenge

Alexander Skarsgard (AP photo)

Alexander Skarsgard (AP photo)

Tarzan may have left the jungle, but the call of the wild proves too irresistible for the vine-swinging hero as he is lured back to the African forests, only to find himself racing to save his kidnapped wife and the Congolese people in a new film.

“The Legend of Tarzan,” due in US theaters on Friday, sees Tarzan, played by Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard, going by the name John Clayton, living in a manor in Victorian England and married to Jane, played by Margot Robbie.

But an invitation to the Congo draws the Claytons back, where they are ambushed and Jane is kidnapped by the nefarious Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), who has been tasked with delivering Tarzan to a tribal chief in exchange for diamonds.

“It’s more about the traditional story in reverse, so we go back to the Congo rather than beginning there,” actress Margot Robbie told Reuters.

Skarsgard, best known for playing a vampire in HBO’s “True Blood” series, is the latest star to play Tarzan, bulking up his physique over nine months to embody the jungle hero’s strength and animal-like agility. (Reuters)