Robert Pattinson Teams with Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Lost City of Z'
Though Robert Pattinson is slated to star in Werner Herzog's gestating Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman replacing Naomi Watts on the film about Gertrude Bell's life as a writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political attache for the British Empire, the actor who launched to fame with The Twilight Saga is lining up another promising project for his future slate. The print issue of ScreenDaily at the AFM (via The Playlist) reveals Pattinson will join Benedict Cumberbatch in James Grey's adaptation of David Grann's book The Lost City of Z, about a British explorer lost in the Amazon searching for the City of Z.
Cumberbatch joined the film earlier this year, and a chat with James Grey from The Playlist indicates that the future of the film depends on what happens at the American Film Market. Panorama Media is financing and trying to sell the rights for the film produced by Brad Pitt and his Plan B productions (he was once attached to star at one point as well when the project was at Paramount). For those just learning about this project, the book (which Gray adapted himself) focuses on British explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett, who went searching for the so-called City of Z in the Amazon, but mysteriously disappeared in 1925. Over the last 80 years, countless explorers have tried and failed to retrace Fawcett's path.
Fawcett is said to be one of the inspirations for Indiana Jones, which might get some nerdy cinephiles interested. In addition, with names like Cumberbatch and Pattinson involved, there's a whole array of nerdy girls and vampire crazy tweens who will see anything that Sherlock Holmes and Edward Cullen do on the big screen. Here's hoping everything at AFM goes well, and this film finally gets off the ground. In the meantime, we're still waiting to see Pattinson with Guy Pearce in the military drama Rover, which we got a first look at in the spring. Stay tuned for anymore updates on these projects.