"Lost City of Z" is one of those fascinating, belabored projects that finally seems to be getting off the ground. Initially, Brad Pitt was set to star, but that fell through sometime in 2010. Pitt remained on board as a producer, but writer/director James Gray was forced to seek out a new leading man, who he recently found in Benedict Cumberbatch. The project has just added another explorer to its expedition in the form of Robert Pattinson, who will play an unspecified role. This keeps getting better and better!
The film is based on New Yorker science writer David Grann's book of the same name (which is, by the way, amazing). Cumberbatch plays Lt. Colonel Percy Fawcett, a British archeologist and explorer who went missing in South America while hunting for the lost city of Z. In the book, Grann tries to retrace the Fawcett expedition and piece together what exactly happened to him and his team, which included Fawcett's son Jack and one of Jack's friends. The book will be set entirely during the fateful 1925 expedition (Fawcett had made numerous treks down there). Our guess is that Pattinson will play Fawcett's son.
Gray described the feel of the new movie to Screen Daily as having the epic scale of an old David Lean, but "slightly more hallucinogenic." Um, we're there! Hopefully this will get underway in 2014 for a release in 2015. In the meantime, read the damn book –- it's great.
[via Screen Daily, h/t The Playlist]