Benedict Cumberbatch seems to the man of the hour, with 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate and August: Osage County all around the corner. Now word is coming through that Cumberbatch is in talks to star in The Lost City of Z, which James Gray (The Yards, We Own the Night, Two Lovers) will direct from a script he adapted.
According to Deadline:
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.
The plot sounds like a brilliant opportunity for Cumberbatch to take part in an adventure-drama. It will be interesting to see whether or not the film decides to tackle what happened to Fawcett and co. They could always just leave the mystery intact. We’d prefer to see him decide to stay with this civilization, never to return to his past life.
Plan B‘s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Anthony Katagas (who worked with Cumberbatch on 12 Years A Slave) will produce the film.