Jack O'Connell to Star in Terry Gilliam's Long-Gestating 'Don Quixote'
This winter, audiences will certainly become more familiar with the name Jack O'Connell after the film Unbroken shows off his lead performance, one that will likely be an Oscar contender when the time comes. Now the actor has already lined up his next role with a film that has been in the works for years and years. Not too long ago we heard that director Terry Gilliam was making another attempt to get his adaptation of Don Quixote off the ground after several failed attempts. And now O'Connell has been set to take the lead role in the project that will be pre-sold at American Film Market before production begins. More below!
This new version of the classic Miguel de Cervantes tale brings the story into modern times with some satire too. Variety reports Jack O'Connell will play Toby, a jaded commercials director who travels to Spain for a shoot and comes across a gypsy who gives a copy of his student film, which just so happens to be a lyrical re-working of the Don Quixote story set in a quaint old Spanish village. Inspired and moved by the story, Toby sets off to find the little village where the student film was shot and on the way gets caught up in a series of disasters and catastrophes.
So it's a little meta, which isn't surprising coming from Gilliam. Will it actually get off the ground? Gilliam says, "Seven is my lucky number so let’s break the curse and make it!" Production is slated to begin in the spring with a script from Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas scribe Tony Grisoni and a release planned for May 2016. This project has been a log time coming, and we'll see if the film ends up being worth all the energy and passion that Gilliam has poured into it over and over again, almost so much that you could probably make a Don Quixote movie about the follies of trying to get this film made (though there is a documentary already). Stay tuned to see how this gestating project pans out.