Watch: First 'Legend of Tarzan' Trailer Released

Alexander Skarsgard has the title role in "The Legend of Tarzan." Warner Bros. has released the first trailer. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill

Warner Bros. have given film fans their first glimpse of Alexander Skarsgard as the title character in the first trailer of The Legend of Tarzan.

The two minutes of footage features Christoph Waltz playing the villainous Captain Leon Rom. Waltz's character captures Tarzan's wife Jane (Margot Robbie) in an attempt to lure the king of the jungle to him.

The film takes a different approach to previous versions of the tale. After 10 years away from the Jungle, Tarzan and Jane return to Congo as representatives of the British parliament, only for their lives to be put in serious danger when they arrive in Africa.

In an interview with USA Today, Skarsgard said: "It's almost the opposite of the classic tale, where it's about taming the beast. 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."

Harry Potter director David Yates aims to surprise and excite viewers with his version of the vine-swinging hero. "Tarzan needs muscles, but it's more a leaner, longer, more vertical modern man than the square-jawed stereotype we're used to," Yates told USA Today.

The cast also includes Samuel L. Jackson as George Washington Williams, and Djimon Hounsou as Chief Mbonga.

The Legend of Tarzan will be released on July 1, 2016.