Christoph Waltz is in negotiations to play the villain in Tarzan, Warner Bros.’ take on the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs hero, THR has confirmed.
David Yates is directing the movie, which has Alexander Skarsgard as the titular character who is raised by apes.
Waltz will play a Belgian soldier named Captain Rom who wants to capture Tarzan in exchange for diamonds.
The studio next has to cast its Jane, with Margot Robbie and Emma Stone's names that have surfaced for the part.
Producing are Jerry Weintraub, Alan Riche and Peter Riche of Riche Prods., with Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg of Dark Horse Entertainment.
The role is a return to the dark side for Waltz, who has made a career playing villains — though his last role was that of a mentor in Django Unchained.