One day somebody will write a book about Djimon Hounsou. Born in Bénin in 1964, he came to France with his brother at the age of 13. After quitting school he became homeless before meeting accidentally fashion designer Thierry Mugler, who suggests him to get into a model career, with success. He goes to the United States in 1990.
Thus follow apparitions in tv shows like Beverly Hills 90210, ER, and Alias, in music videos of Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson, and in movies like: Stargate, Amistad, Deep Rising, Gladiator, Dead Weight, Lara Croft 2, Blueberry, The Island, Blood Diamond, and in a close future Guardians of the Galaxy, Fast & Furious 7, and Tarzan ! He also provided the voice of Black Panther in an animated 2010 series.
And, good news for Burroughs fans, he's going to play one of the characters from the novel! Chief Mbonga is the leader of the cannibal tribe that settled neat the anthropoid apes that raised Tarzan. I won't spoil any further for those who haven't read the novel.
A Jane at least blonde, a civilized Tarzan, and now a character that's intimately linked to Tarzan's past, one begin to wonder and dream that now, perhaps for the first time, the writers actually read the novels!