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Samuel L. Jackson in Talks for ‘Tarzan’ at Warner Bros. (EXCLUSIVE)

Alexander Skarsgard star

Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to co-star with Alexander Skarsgard in Warner’s reboot of “Tarzan.”

Christoph Waltz is also in talks to star with David Yates directing.

Plot details are still vague on how this version will be interpreted.

A bigscreen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series of novels, “Tarzan” is being produced by Jerry Weintraub and Alan Riche, with Mike Richardson and Yates exec producing. Numerous scribes worked on the script including John August, Marianne Wibberley and, most recently, Adam Cozad.

Jesse Ehrman will oversee for Warner Bros.

This comes as good news for a project that has been fighting for a greenlight for sometime now. A week before the Thanksgiving holiday, studio execs viewed a five minute pre-viz video Yates and his team created to explain how the film could turn out.

The delay actually helped the casting, as Jackson had shown interest in the part since the film’s early days of fruition, but the dates could not be worked out. The studio then went to Jamie Foxx but when production was postponed, Foxx was forced to pass.

The studio seems close to giving the film a greenlight and, following that, will look to cast the film’s Jane. Sources still say “Wolf of Wall Street” actress Margot Robbie is the studio’s choice to play the female lead but, as of right now, Robbie still does not have an offer.

The ICM Partners-repped Jackson recently wrapped production on the Fox action pic “The Secret Service.”

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