First pictures released from new Tarzan movie starring Alexander Skarsgård

Margot Robbie co-stars as Jane in next year's 'The Legend Of Tarzan'

The first pictures of Alexander Skarsgård in The Legend of Tarzan have been released.

The former True Blood actor is joined by Margot Robbie as Jane in the 2016 action adventure movie, which is being directed by Harry Potter‘s David Yates.

The film begins in London several decades after Tarzan has left behind the African jungle where he was raised. “It’s almost the opposite of the classic tale, where it’s about taming the beast,” Skarsgård told USA Today, which shared the first pictures. “This is about a man who’s holding back and slowly as you peel off the layers, he reverts back to a more animalistic state and lets that side of his personality out.”

The actor also discussed his gruelling training regime for the role, which lasted for four months before filming began. “I basically didn’t see my family or my friends,” Skarsgård recalled, adding that the part “was definitely worth getting up at 4:30 in the morning [for]”.

The Legend Of Tarzan‘s cast also includes Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Hounsou and John Hurt. It opens in cinemas on July 1, 2016.

Tarzan, a character created by American author Edward Rice Burroughs, last swung into cinemas in 1999 in an animated Disney movie. Over the years, he has been portrayed on screen by numerous actors, including Johnny Weissmuller, Christopher Lambert and Casper Van Dien.