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The Lost City of Z starring Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland. #book2movies

We have the trailer but still no release date except for sometime this year. What's also new is that Diana Scrivener, the choreographer behind the exquisite dance in War and Peace worked on this film as well. She's agreed to talk with us about her work on The Lost City of Z, closer to the film's release date. Diana's already given me a correction on a casting note. I mistakenly assumed that twenty year old Tom Holland was playing the brother of thirty six year old Charlie Hunnam, but Diana tells me Holland (who we loved in Wolf Hall) is playing Jack Fawcett, Percy Fawcett's 21 year old son. Well, you know what they say about what happens when you assume!

While many of us are waiting for James Gray’s Steve McQueen biopic, it looks like Gray’s equally long-awaited Lost City of Z is getting closer to a real release date. Gray, who directed the beautiful The Immigrant, has been trying to get the film made for ages. Brad Pitt, originally set to star, dropped out but his company Plan B still produces, and helped move the movie along and it finally looks like something solid is happening.

The movie reportedly won’t be ready until the fall; the plan is for this ‘sales’* trailer to help pre-sell it, get a little buzz before it hits the festival circuit, hopefully making the task of picking up a distributor a breeze.  *replaced by regular trailer

The Lost City of Z stars Charlie Hunnam as British explorer Percy Fawcett who set off into the Amazon jungle searching for the Lost City and never returned. Based on the book by David Grann, the cast includes Robert Pattinson as Fawcett’s fellow explorer Henry Costin with Sienna Miller as his wife Nina. Tom Holland, getting lots of attention as the new Spiderman, plays his brother son Jack as does the adorable young Daniel Huttlestone, one of the best parts of Les Miz.

Gray has said David Lean was an major inspiration and the trailer is said to have an Apocalypse Now vibe. Gray once again collaborates with cinematographer Darius Khondji, the two worked together on The Immigrant.

Robert Pattinson? Yep, Robert Pattinson

Let’s watch the trailer together and please, let me know what you think. 

Apocalypse Now? Yes, in the sense that it’s a journey into the Heart of Darkness Amazon jungle but it’s got Khondji’s gorgeous filmy fingerprints all over it. Described as action/adventure I was expecting something more violent, more pure action in tone. But gosh this almost looks like, dare I say it, a historical drama. And yes, lots of action-y overtones. I’m in. You?