There hasn’t been much movement on the big screen adaptation of David Grann’s Lost City of Z for a little over a year, but now things are picking back up. It was just announced that Charlie Hunnam is officially locked to star in the film as Col. Percival Fawcett alongside Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson. Clearly that means Benedict Cumberbatch must be out and, sure enough, there’s no mention of him in the press release.
The change likely has something to do with Cumberbatch’s commitment to Doctor Strange and the fact that it’s taken quite a while to get Lost City of Z off the ground. Now Hunnam will play Fawcett, the “British colonial who disappeared in the 1920s while searching for a mythical city in the Amazon jungles of Brazil that he believed he discovered on a prior expedition.” It won’t be easy living up to all the Cumberbatch hype, but hopefully Hunnam will surprise us and show off a little more range in this one.
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing via Plan B Entertainment alongside Dale Johnson and Anthony Katagas. Sierra/Affinity will continue working on international sales at the European Film Market with Lost City of Z expected to go into production this summer.
Here’s the description of Grann’s book via Amazon:
In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called “The Lost City of Z.” In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett’s quest for “Z” and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century.