Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to star in Lost City of Z Based on the David Grann best-selling book, Cumberbatch is in talks to play the lead role of Percy Fawcett in James Gray’s film. Gray also adapted the script from David Grann’s novel. Panorama Media will finance the film and handle foreign sales. Grann’s novel focuses on Percy Fawcett, who in 1925 headed into the depths of the Amazon jungles in Brazil. Fawcett was there to map the jungle and hobbled by malaria, he discovered a mythical city he called The Lost City of Z. Scorned by peers who claimed that the kingdom was a fraud, Fawcett headed back to the jungle with his son and one other, braving the dangers of disease, insects, snakes, poison darts and, other hazards to reinforce his discovery. It remains one of the great mysteries of the 20th century.
Producers include Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Anthony Katagas under Pitt’s Plan B Company. Katagas previously worked with Cumberbatch on 12 Years A Slave. Plan B has been developing the project for several years. Pitt was initially planned on starring. Cumberbatch most recently starred in Star Trek Into Darkness and has The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug coming later this year. He will play Alan Turing in the Morten Tyldum-directed Imitation Game that’s backed by Black Bear Pictures.
Currently Cumberbatch is enjoying the Toronto Film Festival with 12 Years A Slave, The Fifth Estate, and August: Osage County getting big premieres.
No official release date has been set yet. James Gray is best known for his 2013 fill The Immigrant that was nominated for the Palm d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. His third film, We Own The Night, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg, played in competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival in May. In 2009 he was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Director for his film Two Lovers.
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