Fans are only a few months away from seeing Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson team up on the big screens. The Lost City of Z, starring Hunnam and Pattinson, will officially close out the 54th New York Film Festival in October.
According to Gossip Cop, the screening will also be the movie’s premiere date.
The film is based on the book by David Grann and centers on the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Hunnam). Fawcett is famous for his attempt to find the mythical city in the Amazon and mysteriously disappeared during the expedition.
Pattinson plays Fawcett’s close friend and fellow explorer, while Sienna Miller and Tom Holland round out the rest of the cast.
Pop Sugar is also reporting that James Gray is helming The Lost City of Z and Brad Pitt is serving as producer. Filming for the project wrapped up last year.
When opening up about the movie’s premiere, Kent Jones, the director of the New York Film Festival, explained why the selection committee chose The Lost City of Z to end the festival.
“James Gray is one of the finest filmmakers we have. Each of his movies is so beautifully wrought, visually and emotionally, but The Lost City of Z represents something new. It’s a true epic, spanning two continents and three decades, and it’s a genuine vision of the search for sublimity,” Jones shared.
As far as Gray is concerned, he is more than thrilled that the flick will serve as the festival’s final screening. In fact, the director explained how he has always dreamed that one of his projects would make it to the closing night.
“It’s truly a dream come true for me to have The Lost City of Z selected for the closing night of the New York Film Festival,” Gray explained. “I couldn’t be more honored that the film’s world premiere will be in my hometown, a city I still love above all others.”
According to the Guardian, the story of Percy Fawcett’s incredible explorations influenced Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World and inspired George Lucas to create Indiana Jones. Unfortunately, Fawcett’s fate remains a mystery, despite the 13 different expeditions that have been sent to find out what happened.
Gray’s most recent project was The Immigrant, which starred Marion Cotillard in the lead role.
While fans are excited to see Charlie Hunnam back on the big screen, Brad Pitt was originally slated to play Fawcett. Once Pitt backed out, Gray tried to get Benedict Cumberbatch to play the part but failed because of scheduling conflicts.
Luckily, producers eventually cast Hunnam for the part, who had just wrapped up seven seasons of Sons of Anarchy and was also slated to star in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Considering how The Lost City of Z will feature both Hunnam and Twilight heartthrob Pattinson, the film is expected to be a major success at the box office.
Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly reports that Darius Khondji worked as the cinematographer for the movie. Khondji received an Oscar nomination for his work on the 1997 film Evita.
He also took part in Midnight in Paris with Woody Allen and helped Lady Gaga with her music video for “Marry the Night.”
Along with Pitt, Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner, Dale Armin, and Anthony Katagas are producing. As fans may recall, Gardner, Pitt, Kleiner, and Katagas worked on 12 Years a Slave, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2013.
Apart from The Lost City of Z, the New York Film Festival will also debut Ava DuVernay’s newest documentary, The 13th. The documentary is set to open the festival and will be the first in the genre to do so.
The New York Film Festival is will premiere The Lost City of Z on October 15.
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