Benedict Cumberbatch to Head into ‘Lost City of Z’ For James Gray

By September 4, 2013

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There’s no doubt that Benedict Cumberbatch is one of Hollywood’s fastest rising stars. The actor has received critical acclaim for his terrific performance as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series “Sherlock,” and he’s parlayed that into jobs in movies ranging from War Horse to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to Star Trek Into Darkness. He has three new films playing at the Toronto International Film Festival (which starts this week) and was recently rumored to join the cast of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. (That last part was denied by his reps, but we’re guessing there’s some truth to it.)

Now the British star has lined up a new project that sounds very intriguing called Lost City of Z. No, it isn’t a prequel to World War Z – not that we know of, anyway. Based on David Grann’s bestselling book, this one tells the true story of Percy Fawcett, an explorer who trekked into the Amazon jungle in 1925 to map the whole thing out. He contracted malaria, but also discovered a mythical city he dubbed The Lost City of Z. When he returned from the jungle, no one believed him and people began calling him a fraud, so he took his son and another person back into the jungle to find the city once more; none of them were ever seen or heard from again.

Brad Pitt was once eyed to play the lead role, but he’ll still be involved as a producer alongside his Plan B Productions cohorts Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Anthony Katagas. This sounds like a fantastic story, and Cumberbatch is primed to carry a big film like this on his shoulders. He’s obviously a great actor, and hopefully director like James Gray (We Own The Night) can bring the story to life in a compelling and captivating way.

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Ben is a writer living in Los Angeles, California. His work has been featured at,,,, and many more sites across the web. Some of his favorite movies include The Rocketeer, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Tombstone, Lucky Number Slevin, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Collateral, Double Indemnity, Back to the Future and The Prestige. Follow him on Twitter: @BenPears.