David Yates Taps Djimon Hounsou For 'Tarzan'

Djimon Hounsou has signed on to director David Yates' Tarzan.

Deadline reports the Guardians of the Galaxy and Blood Diamond actor will play Chief Mbonga in Warner Bros.' live-action 3D adventure. He joins a cast that already includes Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie.

Warner Bros. has been trying to get a new Tarzan film off the ground for a few years, with Yates' version announced in 2012. The project hit the skids in 2013 due to budgetary concerns, but earlier this year, the studio gave the project a July 1, 2016 release date.

Edgar Rice Burroughs first published Tarzan of the Apes in 1912 in magazine form and then in 1914 as a book. So successful was the tale of a jungle-raised Brit that it spawned 25 sequels by Burroughs and numerous adaptations in the worlds of film, television, radio, comics and even stage.

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