Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Rob To Star in James Gray's 'The Lost City of Z' with Benedict Cumberbatch

Screendaily on it's AFM's dailies is reporting that Rob and Benedict Cumberbatch will star in The Lost City of Z

From the article:
Panaroma Media has revived the adventure story The Lost City of Z and will finance and sell. James Gray will direct Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Pattinson in the Plan B production.

Screencap of the article - You can read the original article HERE (page 14)

According to Variety the movie will shoot Summer 2014
Panorama, headed by industry vets Marc Butan and Kim Fox, comes to AFM with “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” Jessica Chastain’s “The Zookeeper’s Wife” and James Gray’s “Lost City of Z,” starring Robert Pattinson and Benedict Cumberbatch.


Fox said the evolution of digital platforms has not gained at a fast enough clip to make up for the decline in DVD. “Zookeeper’s Wife” is shooting next year and advance sales have been made in 90% of world markets and “Lost City of Z” is shooting this summer. And Panorama will be starting sales on John Hillcoat’s crime thriller “999.”

The Wrap also confirmed the news
David Grann’s acclaimed book serves as the basis for the movie, which Brad Pitt is producing under his Plan B banner

Robert Pattinson will join Benedict Cumberbatch in James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z,” an individual familiar with the long-gestating project has told TheWrap.

Brad Pitt was initially attached to star in the adaptation of David Grann’s acclaimed book, though he’s now strictly producing the film through his Plan B banner along with Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Anthony Katagas.

“Lost City of Z” follows Percy Fawcett, a 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.

Pattinson’s role remains unclear at this time.

Panorama Media will finance “Lost City of Z” and handle foreign sales.

The Film Stage and The Playlist published articles about Rob joining the movie mentioning the Screendaily dailies as source. (click on the links to read the articles)

More details about The Lost City of Z

According to IMDb, Benedict Cumberbatch will play Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett. No details about Rob's part. The synopsis:

In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned.

In September, during the Toronto Film Festival, Variety and Deadline confirmed that Cumberbatch was in talks for the movie.

From Deadline
Benedict Cumberbatch is negotiating to star in Lost City Of Z, which James Gray will direct from a script he adapted. Panorama Media will finance the film and handle foreign sales.

The film is based on the David Grann bestselling book. Cumberbatch is in talks to play 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 this ancient kingdom was a fraud, Fawcett headed back into the jungle with his son and one other, braving the dangers of disease, insects, snakes, poison darts and other hazards to reinforce his discovery. None of them were ever seen again and it remains one of the great exploration mysteries of the 20th Century.

Plan B‘s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Anthony Katagas (who worked with Cumberbatch on 12 Years A Slave) will produce. Plan B has been developing the project for several years, and it initially seemed like Pitt would be heading into the jungles.

More details about the story - from an article from 2010 via Screendaily (at the time Brad Pitt was attached to the project)
Buyers have been flocking to the project, which is being styled in the vein of Lawrence Of Arabia and is based on Gray’s adapted screenplay of David Grann’s recent bestseller.

The true story takes place in the early twentieth century and charts 30 years in the life of Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, a former decorated British soldier turned explorer.

Fawcett developed an obsession for the Amazon and became convinced that an advanced civilisation lived within the interior after several adrenaline-fuelled expeditions where he narrowly escaped death from tribal encounters, deadly animals and devastating diseases.

He eventually lost backing for the trips and self-funded a final trek into the Amazon with his son from which neither returned.

Thanks to @Gossipgyal for the heads up


Hellen Cullen said...

omg Im dying ¡¡¡¡ Benedict and Rob together ohh my

Iluvthemovies said...

I'm with you Hellen, I am so excited about this pairing. Benedict and Rob and an adventure story to boot. Love it. I'm in heaven.

twmmy said...

I'll just wait and see. I like Benedict's Sherlock, but he is not my fave.

Crystal said...

I'm interested, because Rob will be in it. I could do without Cumberbach. He was horrible in the newest Star Trek movie.

robmylove86 said...

OMG I'm happy. I hope this isn't a small role. Fantastic news. A big THANK YOU RPLife Ladies. You're the best.

No one special said...

I guess rob may be 'the other'. An adventure role would be great: versatility is important.

Eliz / TEB4E said...

I hope this is really true, would love to see Rob & Benedict work together.

jessica said...

LOVE the confirmation we got and how busy rob is with all these prospective projects. and with awesome directors! you go rob bb.

jessica said...

and I say all that with having a deep dislike for Cumberbatch so...yay rob for getting me to want this lol

Jane said...

Saw an interview with cumberbatch and he said he would love to act with Rob. I hope Rob doesn't have more on his plate than he can handle for this coming year. He seems to be knee deep in projects.

Margarita Lopez said...

Yaaaaaay... I'm with all of you in the excitement... However, I'm much more excited about Plan B behind it, than for the actual plot... :D...

It seems to me that Mr. Pattinson is extending his delectable long fingers, to grab the good, steady, and firm rope!... And with both hands!...
Way you go!

@Jane... I know!... Names keep coming, and I just hope he doesn't exhaust himself... Maybe the promotion of some movies won't be as wide as his previous movies, so maybe he can make everything fit..?... Maybe?... :)


Emmaline P said...

This is fantastic news! Really looking forward to seeing this movie. So many great films coming out with Rob :-)

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Peter von Puttkamer said...

Also check out the documentary- Lost in the Amazon- the Enigma of Col Percy Fawcett. It's the only historical bio-doc available on Percy Fawcett. Shot on location in Brazil, starring real-life explorer Niall McCann and produced with the cooperation of Fawcett's family- it reveals the truth of what really happened to Percy, his son and son's best friend...when they disappeared in the jungle in 1925. More than 100 people have died looking for Fawcett. See