Kellan Lutz, co-star of the Twilight movies, has signed on to star as the title character and Spencer Locke, perhaps best known for playing K-Mart in Constantin’s Resident Evil movies, has nabbed the role of Jane Porter. The movie will be a performance-capture 3D production.
Reinhard Klooss is directing the movie with Kloos also producing with Robert Kulzer.
Klooss, Yoni Brenner and Jessica Postigo wrote the script, which updates the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs jungle hero. For example, Tarzan’s parents, billionaire adventurers, are now killed in airplane crash rather than being marooned with their child. And the movie’s villain is the CEO of Greystoke Energies, a man who took over the company from Tarzan’s deceased parents.
In the script, Jane is the daughter of an African guide and is committed to the conservation and preservation of the African jungle. She eventually works with Tarzan to defeat the mercenary army of Greystoke Energies.
Lutz plays Emmett Cullen in the Twilight franchise, the last installment of which is set for release in November.
Locke is currently starring opposite Josh Hutcherson and Dane Cook in Detention, directed by music video helmer Joseph Khan, and recently wrapped indie drama Anatomy of the Tide.
Lutz is repped by Innovative, Zero Gravity and Morris Yorn.
Locke is repped by APA, TalentOne Management and McKuin, Frankel.