The very discussion of "the right actor" with "presence" underscores the fundamental flaw with bringing such an inappropriate character back to the screen. By contemplating a remake of Tarzan, Hollywood is affirming that we modern audiences are willfully ignorant, or worse, actually comforted by the old school notion of an adopted westerner being imbued with God-given superiority to lord over ?the natives?.
Anybody notice how ludicrous it is that The Bride was the best martial artist in all of Japan in "Kill Bill"? (Ditto "Last Samurai?, "Dances w/ Wolves", and too many other movies to list). Is the "Manifest Destiny" worldview still acceptable? OK, back in the days of Edgar Rice Burroughs that was the norm, but 100 years later, do we remain OK with natives bowing and quaking in the awe inspiring presence of the great Kemosabe?
Are indigenous peoples are still not considered self-reliant or important enough to warrant film presence unless they are relegated to sidekick or background status, viewed only through the lens of the western protagonist?