The first trailer has been unveiled for The Lost City of Z, James Gray’s (We Own the Night, The Immigrant) long-gestating adaptation of David Grann’s best-selling book.
Based on a true story, the film sees Charlie Hunnam playing Colonel Percy Fawcett, a British explorer who, in 1925, ventured into the Amazon jungle in search of gold and a fabled civilization. He never returned.
The film has taken quite a while to come to fruition. Brad Pitt was once attached to star and co-produce under his Plan B banner. He eventually dropped off, Plan B stayed on. Even Benedict Cumberbatch circled the lead over two years ago.
While James Gray’s films haven’t quite struck the right chord for mainstream audiences, he’s a strong filmmaker, and this could certainly be one to look out for. Whether or not Hunnam is the right man to lead this kind of picture remains to be seen, but that aside, the first trailer does provide a good look at the film’s scope and tone.
This one conjures up the type of film that is no longer common. An explorer’s observation of a far-removed country and culture was once more common fare in Hollywood; fingers crossed The Lost City of Z reminds of how good these type of period drama-adventures can be.
The Lost City Z, also starring Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson, and Tom Holland, is expected to be released sometime this year.