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Robert Pattinson Joins James Gray's 'Lost City Of Z' With Benedict Cumberbatch

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by Kevin Jagernauth
November 6, 2013 4:23 PM
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Last month when we chatted with director James Gray, he cautioned that the fate of his long-developing "The Lost City Of Z" depended on how things panned out at this week's American Film Market. He already put a good foot forward, landing Benedict Cumberbatch for a starring role in the film, and hopefully this latest bit of casting can put it over the top.

Screen Daily reveals in their print issue from the floor of AFM, that Robert Pattinson is also on board the movie, that Panorama Media is financing and selling rights for as well. The movie is being produced by Brad Pitt's shingle Plan B (he was going to star in a previous iteration of the film before it fell apart at Paramount). The film is an adaptation of David Grann's book, telling the story of English soldier-turned-explorer Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, whose obsession with the Amazon and belief that an ancient civilization resided there led him on many expeditions where he narrowly escaped death. After financing eventually dried up, Fawcett self-funded one last adventure into the Amazon with his son, from which neither returned. We presume Cumberbatch will play Fawcett, and while there's no word yet on Pattinson's role, perhaps he'll play the son?

As for the tone of the picture, Gray had said to us he's aiming for the epic scale of David Lean but with a “slightly more hallucinogenic feel. Because [the protagonist] went to the jungle and sorta went mad.” So yes, fingers crossed this gets rolling in 2014.

Meanwhile, in case you were worried, Pattinson is still attached to Werner Herzog's "Queen Of The Desert." Recent trade reports about the movie notably didn't have his name among the cast of Nicole Kidman, James Franco (yes, he's confirmed now according to Screen Daily) and Damian Lewis, but rest assured he'll be there. And 2014 spent working with Herzog and Gray? Nicely done, RPatz.

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47 Comments

  • Kat | December 31, 2013 1:33 PMReply

    Actually according to Cassian the producer as of Dec Rob was NOT signed on to QOTD AND Cassian also answered a question in an interview with THR about Rob dropping the movie and he didn't correct them and Cassian said the movie has been in casting hell

  • Bekind | November 10, 2013 10:04 PMReply

    I like Robert Pattinson. I think he has a lot of promise, having shown it in How to Be, Bel Ami, Cosmopolis and the first Twilight ( before the studio got involved). I think he's going to really surprise some critics with his future projects.
    Some of the comments here are so hateful. This is a young actor that is trying to hone is craft and he is picking really interesting projects with interesting filmmakers. You may not enjoy his acting and that is fine. Stop watching his films and stop spewing vitriol. Spread kindness not hate.

  • Betty b | November 8, 2013 5:48 AMReply

    Great news. Both actors are very talented...looking forward to seeing this movie.

  • BigTime | November 7, 2013 11:05 AMReply

    So happy for Robert! Wow - Rover-Stars-Queen-life-OZ. Can't wait to see all of these movies.

  • miss M | November 7, 2013 10:55 AMReply

    It's time for an awesome action-adventure, long time no see! Benedict is a hot property right now and Pattinson is a cool guy and easy on the eyes. What's not to love?

  • Josh | November 7, 2013 10:18 AMReply

    I think the time has come for many to accept that RPATZZ has some talent ... just saying ... time to time see what happens ...

  • lana valentin | November 7, 2013 11:20 PM

    ROBERT PATTINSONhas not only amazin unhuman look,and beauty...hi is gorgeose..,men hi had an amazin talent...hi proovet in cosmopolis and water for elefants...ym wATING TOO SEE HIM IN THE ROOVER ,,and OZ WILL BE ABSOLUTLY PERFEKT,WHEN HI IS IN IT....darling ROB,good luk to you....love.LAN

  • Joe | November 7, 2013 10:16 AMReply

    Mr. pattinson ever surprises me, did not taste much cosmopolis, but I see that you are serious about your career as an actor, to see that this is going to The Rover and Maps to the stars, look at them first and then criticize. Not blinded by their hatred absurd.

  • Carlos | November 7, 2013 10:14 AMReply

    Wow how much envy are here, robert pattinson increasingly are choosing roles better and if given the opportunity to act under the direction of great filmmakers, he deserves it.

    Nose for the hatred of many people if not interested just do not see his movies and save yourself the hatred and frustration.

    While you are behind a blog criticizing the increasingly is slowly earning them the respect of many people.

    But as they say if you have a lot of hate, never change their opinion, and never be able to see objectively.

  • Marie | November 7, 2013 8:12 AMReply

    Cumberbatch is a great actor, Pattinson didn't show any real impressive performance yet (saw Cosmopolis, he was ok that's all, better than before but still), I don't know if this couple will fit together
    Pattinson fans should really stop attacking anybody who hasnt the same opinion about their god, is childish and ridiculous.

  • olly | November 7, 2013 6:02 AMReply

    I'm not understanding Cumberbatch's carer at all. He drops out of Crimson Peak with Jessica Chastain (directed by Del Toro) but signs up to this mess. Ok admittedly before he knew they'd sign Pattinson but nevertheless the director isn't up to much. Cumberbatch's script choices have been awful lately e.g Star Trek into Darkness and the appalling Fifth Estate. He's attracted to interesting roles but he must resist the urge to sign on if the scripts are poor. He's a great actor but his fanbase aren't going to turn up to poor films. Dreamworks should never have rolled out the Fifth Estate to a wide release and poor Cumberbatch has taken the heat for that. He'll carry the same can for this film when it bombs - which it will do with Pattinson on board. No guys will go and see this now.

  • Kev | November 7, 2013 1:51 AMReply

    Well, the only mediocre here is people, who don't bear that Pattinson is good actor and he's forming an smart challenge career achievement, Working with talented filmmakers.

  • Tony | November 6, 2013 11:09 PMReply

    Yeah, pattinson is doing it the right way. Not a fan before but he's getting my attention with all the parts he's been getting. Looks like a work in progress and an actor in transition and he is doing great with all the esteemed directors working with him. Nicely done indeed Robert!

  • TWILIGHTFAN , USA | November 6, 2013 9:49 PMReply

    He's amazing, talented and beautiful! Leave him alone! (said the screaming fangurls on this site).

    Of course he's none of these things.

  • David | November 6, 2013 9:15 PMReply

    DAWN: Yeah, so mediocre that she has TWO Academy Award nominations, and has won ONE at the age of 22, and managed to scream at DeNiro without consequences. Bitch, please.

  • Kait | November 6, 2013 8:23 PMReply

    What is James Gray thinking hiring Pattinson?

  • @LA2000 | November 6, 2013 10:48 PM

    Yeah, worked out real well for Cronenberg. A director lowering himself to cast a walking cardboard cutout for financing is nothing to crow about. If Pattinson were actually talented, his "heat" would be commendable. As it is, it's like casting air. And that's why "this business" is in the state it's in.

    And it won't be very long before even small film producers realize nobody is lining up to see a Pattinson film and certainly nobody is in the mood to sit through on the job training for a hapless himbo who's only claim to fame is a national joke and whose acting is wooden and dead. Sorry, no.

    And don't even go there about Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt or Leonardo DiCaprio. Pattinson was never and will never be in that class. If you knew the business, instead of obviously being a Pattinson fangirl, you'd know that.

  • LA2000 | November 6, 2013 10:16 PM

    If you knew anything about how this business works, you would realize that it is actually Robert Pattinson who is hiring James Gray. He could have easily gone with some other notable director's stalled passion project and left Mr. Gray to keep searching for a name that would get his film off the ground.

    Without the heat from someone Hollywood is willing to bank on, an expensive period piece about an explorer most have never heard of from a director whose career best worldwide gross is $55 million ain't happening.

  • Annie | November 6, 2013 9:23 PM

    Considering Cosmopolis didn't make it to seven figures I'm not sure he'll bring *a lot* of viewers to this film. And Cumberbatch is coming off of the biggest flop of 2013.

    As for Pattinson being a talented actor? Other than the cat ladies who continue to slavishly follow his very existence, nobody actually buys that. But Zac Efron keeps on trying to make himself happen, as does Rpatz - with zero success. Either you have it or you don't. They don't. Case closed.

  • Kell | November 6, 2013 9:11 PM

    I'm sure he's thanking his lucky stars that such a talented actor has agreed to be in his film. He's thinking that an actor with that huge of a fan base will bring a lot of viewers to his film. I'm sure he's also hoping that people not judge an actor on one film they did when they were just starting out and have the intelligence to see beyond a character. Obviously, you're not capable of that. How sad.

  • Nope | November 6, 2013 8:14 PMReply

    Rpatz can't act. He is doggedly, stubbornly lacking in any kind of talent, charm or charisma. Disappearing in indies nobody sees? Sounds about right.

    Playing the son of Benedict Cumberbatch? HAHAHAHA

  • Mi | November 7, 2013 8:16 AM

    He can disappear in role and don't afraid to take challenging and responssible ones.He could just play in rom -coms or PG-13 movies(funny most grown up actors in their 40s and 50s are playing in such kind of movies) but he wants something more.You can see his video interviews he's completely different in his real life than in his movies.The good example is Cosmopolis and Bel Ami.And don't be so pro-Cumberbatch,well his Assange movie totally flopped despite huge promo with lots of interviews,talk shows,Time and THR's covers.

  • Witchy | November 6, 2013 9:20 PM

    It's boggles the mind how this guy has any fans.

  • Angel | November 6, 2013 9:04 PM

    I see the sick haters have found their way here. You do realize how stupid you sound, don't you? You're either a disgusting Kristen Stewart fan or clinically insane. Which one is it?

  • LA2000 | November 6, 2013 8:01 PMReply

    Robert Pattinson's career average worldwide gross is $402, 542, 400 per picture. That is his currency. And he is wisely (and blessedly) using it to purchase the opportunity to work with talented directors on challenging projects that might not otherwise see the light of day. So let's be clear about one thing: James Gray didn't pick Robert Pattinson. Robert Pattinson picked James Gray.

    This is what DiCaprio did. This is what Tom Cruise did. This is what Brad Pitt did. They used their "green light" power to finance the best "on the job" training imaginable by working with the very best directors that would have them on the projects that might have otherwise stalled. Some actors use their new fame and power to buy houses, vacations, and toys. Others use it to procure better projects to work on, to improve their skills and expand their range, and in turn bless their director's with the opportunity to see a dream project come to life.

    How anyone could fault Pattinson for this is beyond me.

  • oogle monster | November 7, 2013 1:11 PM

    What kind of nonsense dipped in bullshit is this comment?

  • PixiePower | November 6, 2013 8:15 PM

    If you can't see the difference between a Leonardo DiCaprio or Tom Cruise vs. Rpatz the Sparkling Vampire, you're more obtuse than the normal Twihard.

  • Anthonyj | November 6, 2013 6:51 PMReply

    If this guy wasn't a white male with a big fanbase he wouldn't be getting any of these roles. His acting is mediocre at best. Yes I've seen Cosmopolis. So many other talented actors who are passed over for this guy. Poor Benedict Cumberbatch deserves a more talented costar.

  • Jenn | November 16, 2013 1:27 AM

    I haven't seen Jennifer in anything except for Hunger games, and she was very bland and forgettable there. I didn't see any sparks or passion in her acting. It could be the role or the movie itself but I wasn't impressed. She couldn't even play girl in love, she was simply wooden with her male lead. On the other hand, here is a question, if she is such a great actress, why she didn't elevate the material and delivered a great performance there? I'm not writing her off based on one movie. She must have done something right besides Oscar campaign to win the statue.

  • Mi | November 7, 2013 2:02 PM

    What a comment,''a white male with a big fanbase'' what's that?As far as I remember Cumberbatch is also WHITE.Doesn't it bother you?Your comment towards Rob's female fanbase is misogynistic,wonder what would you say If I use rasist comment towards you.

  • Sean | November 7, 2013 2:24 AM

    Let's see how he does in the Rover. You might just end up eating your own words Anthony

  • Anthonyj | November 6, 2013 11:33 PM

    You Pattinson fangirls are certifiable if you think twinkletoes and Jennifer Lawrence are anywhere on the same level. She can act circles around him and bitch slap him back to England with her Academy award. Compare any of her reviews to Pattinson's. So far he just keeps getting roles from Cronenberg's rec but hasn't shown any talent in his released films. If this guy were a minority he wouldn't have gotten this far with such mediocrity. Score another one for Hollywood White Affirmative Action.

  • Dawn | November 6, 2013 8:12 PM

    Hey , if , mediocre and extremely overrated Jennifer Lawrence can get good roles, why not Rob Pattinson ?

  • LJ | November 6, 2013 5:43 PMReply

    I am very impressed with Pattinsons role choices lately. I think the next few years are really going to make or break him as an actor as he has not really stepped out on his own yet (besides the fascinating..love or hate Cosmopolis). He is definitely going about earning respect the right way. It will be interesting to see him in these challenging pictures. Good for him.

  • Alex | November 6, 2013 5:37 PMReply

    Wow, same way Leo DiCaprio did before and after Titanic, Robert Pattinson is using his Twilight power to make amazing films with great directors. Very smart actor. Impressive.

  • bohmer | November 6, 2013 5:14 PMReply

    As long as this film gets made!

  • BEF | November 6, 2013 5:14 PMReply

    Between Gray, Cronenberg, Herzog, Michod ... get ready y'all Pattison is gunning for the pretty boy works with auteurs Brad Pitt angle -- and he's making great choices.

  • True | November 16, 2013 1:31 AM

    Yes, except Brad was prettier but less talented when he started. To his credit he grew as an actor over time. He is watchable now.

  • alex | November 6, 2013 4:49 PMReply

    he's making great choices and setting himself up for success. good for him!

  • TimParker | November 6, 2013 4:34 PMReply

    Based on age difference in the book wouldn't make much sense for Pattinson to play Cumberbatch's son. But if they want to use makeup to make him look older that's one way to go.

  • Trig | November 6, 2013 4:47 PM

    I guess it depends if the script covers both treks or just one. If Cumberbatch is playing the younger and older Percy, then the age difference might make sense.

  • Laur | November 6, 2013 4:32 PMReply

    What has this guy done to convince anyone he can act? Outside of Cosmopolis (where he was still mostly stiff as cardboard) he's been atrocious in everything I've seen.

  • Alex | November 6, 2013 5:40 PM

    Maybe you need to read the book first so you know how the character is. He is not a Brando or a DiCaprio yet, but he definitely has the brain, the talent, and for what many women say, the looks. It's is great to see actors taking risks. Very refreshing.

  • enn | November 6, 2013 5:05 PM

    Duuh, so stop watch his movie if you find him cant act. Go see others actor's movie you like. Gitu aja kok repot

  • Derek | November 6, 2013 4:56 PM

    Gray just needed some big name onboard to get "Z" financed. Kinda like the collaborations between Leo and Marty.

  • Mi | November 6, 2013 4:56 PM

    So do a favour to yourself and stop watching his movies..yez..Anyway I remember Rob said in an interview that he would like to work with Gray so now he's happy I guess.When I watched ''Two Lovers'' with J.Phoenix I thought Rob would be great in it,he is able to play some kind of vulnerable/unstable character.Wonder who he's going to play in this movie.

  • Marcus | November 6, 2013 4:54 PM

    Puzzles me. I read some write-up on The Wrap I believe where they said the only film where he's ever got mostly decent reviews was Cosmopolis, too. But Cronenberg loves him and the girls love him so there's that.

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