If there's anything noticeably different with David Yates' upcoming The Legend of Tarzan from previous Tarzan movies, it's that his version of Jane is far from the damsel in distress versions we've seen in the past.
Not only did Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates find that Margot Robbie has chemistry with Alexander Skarsgård, but the 25-year-old Australian actress also has that feist and independence that makes her perfect for the role of Jane.
Yates told EW:
If you enter the jungle with anybody, you want to go with Margot Robbie. She's practical, and she's smart, and she's resourceful. And she can take care of herself.
Just from the trailers themselves, it's obvious how Robbie's Jane isn't some passive lady waiting for Tarzan to save her.
Even if the villainous Rom kidnaps her as bait and tells her to scream "like a damsel" in the trailers, she doesn't succumb to his commands.
Well, Margot, who also plays the crazed Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, certainly takes her feisty role as Jane seriously that Skarsgård can attest to her strength in one steamy scene on The Legend of Tarzan.
They're doing this love scene together, and I said [to Robbie], ‘Just slap Alex while you're making love, just kind of give him a punch. It was sort of an earthy, sensual moment of her enjoying sex with Alex, and the only bruise he picked up during the entire shoot was probably that punch from Margot. Which says a lot about her feistiness.
Skarsgård also said:
It was very important that we didn't want it to feel archaic or dated, where it's like, tough guy has to save the poor girl. You have to feel that she's strong and independent, and when you cast Margot, you'll definitely get that.
I'm kind of pumped to see Margot Robbie play the titular Jane in The Legend of Tarzan. I'm interested to see how different she really is from the other Janes in past Tarzan films.
While the latest trailer for the film appeared to have some flaky CGI in some parts, I expect that to improve as the movie hits theaters on July 1.