Margot Robbie: ‘My Jane doesn’t depend on Tarzan’

The Australian actress on her new role in the jungle.

Picture by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Me Jane Robbie is set to swing from vines in The Legend of Tarzan. Image Picture by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Margot Robbie is set to be one busy lady in 2016 with the release of both Suicide Squad and The Legend of Tarzan.

Her portrayal of supervillian Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad will undoubtedly see her kicking ass, but Robbie has stressed that Tarzan’s Jane won’t be a walkover either.

“I like to go for strong, feisty and independent characters and this Jane is like that,” Robbie revealed.

“This is a character that knows her own mind and she doesn’t necessarily need Tarzan or to be led by Tarzan which is something that I admire.”

Margot Robbie in Loaded
Powerful stare Margot relishes playing strong women. Image Picture by Michael Loccisano

The trailer for the summer 2016 release has just been made public, with Robbie’s Jane eclipsed in many scenes by the frankly massive form of Alexander Skarsgård as the king of the jungle.

And the Australian actress, who wrapped filming on the release earlier this year, admitted that the Swedish man beast was a distraction for everyone on set.

 “He is really really big and I just look so tiny beside him in all of the scenes. I think every girl on that set swooned over him – it’s pretty difficult not to.”

Robbie, who rose to in Aussie soap Neighbours, added that the story of Tarzan and Jane is ultimately one of love.

“It’s a slightly different take on the original Tarzan and it tells a different story,” she said.

“It’s pretty much a love story but it doesn’t all take place in the jungle.”

Margot Robbie who is set to star in The Legend of Tarzan
Mmmm, is that Timotei?

Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, John Hurt and Djimon Hounsou also star in the film which is directed by former Harry Potter director David Yates.

And the description of the movie reads like this…

“It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side.

“Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.”

The Legend of Tarzan is released in cinemas on 8th July 2016.

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Loaded’s entertainment editor Jennifer O’Brien is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively about popular culture as a national newspaper columnist and author. Follow her on Twitter at @Jen_OBrien1

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