The Lost City of Z film adaptation takes a big hit this week, as it loses Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead! In case you’ve never heard of the property, I want to start by saying it is NOT a movie about an ancient city that is overrun by Zombies.
Ooh. That’s a great idea! I call it. It’s mine! I own the ancient zombie hive idea!
Instead it is a real life account of one of the greatest Victorian explorers ever, Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared in 1925 trying to find a rumored lost city in South America. Fawcett’s legend and exploits were so legendary in his day that he inspired almost every Pulp style explorer hero (including Indiana Jones!)
I was really excited about this movie because it was such a great book and was set to star Cumberbatch, a Gabbing Geek favorite. Instead, we get the guy who dropped out of Fifty Shades of Grey, Charlie Hunnam (also of “Sons of Anarchy”)?
Hunnam will star opposite Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller in The Lost City of Z, Plan B’s adaptation of the book by David Grann.
MICA Entertainment has come on board to finance the drama, which James Gray is directing. Sierra / Affinity is continuing international sales of the title at this year’s European Film Market. CAA is handling domestic rights.
Hunnam is replacing Benedict Cumberbatch, who was previously set to star but is now due to topline Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie, among other projects.
I’ve only seen Hunnam in the short lived Undeclared TV series (he played a very different character) and Pacific Rim (which made even Idris Elba look bad) so I can’t judge whether he has the chops. I can say he better be DAMN good to replace Cumberbatch!