The Film Society of Lincoln Center has set as its closing film The Lost City Of Z, the period adventure that James Gray directed and scripted from the David Grann nonfiction book. The film, which stars Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland, will make its world premiere at the festival’s final gala screening on Saturday, October 15.
Pic tells the story of Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett (Hunnam), the British military man-turned-explorer whose search for a lost city deep in the Amazon grows into an increasingly feverish, decades-long magnificent obsession that takes a toll on his reputation, his home life with his wife (Miller) and family. His plunge into the Amazon, shot by cinematographer Darius Khondji, alternates between rapture and dizzying terror.
Said New York Film Festival director and selection committee chair Kent Jones: “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.”
Said Gray, whose 2014 film The Immigrant played in the 51st New York Film Festival, called the selection “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. “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.”
Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Anthony Katagas, and Dale Armin Johnson produced, and Brad Pitt and Marc Butan are the exec producers.
NYFF previously announced that Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th will open the festival, while the Mike Mills-directed 20th Century Women will premiere in the Centerpiece slot.
Danish helmer Michael Noer is attached to direct the film. The original pic centers on Henri “Papillon” Charriere (played by McQueen), who is unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France and condemned to life in a notorious island prison. En route, Papillon meets a quirky convicted counterfeiter named Louis Dega (played in the original film by Dustin Hoffman). In exchange for protection, Dega agrees to finance Papillon’s prison escape, ultimately resulting in a lasting friendship.
Hunnam will portray the character played by McQueen, while Malek will take on the role played by Hoffman.
Aaron Guzikowski, who wrote the Denis Villeneuve-directed thriller Prisoners, penned the new script.
The film is being produced by Red Granite’s Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland along with Ram Bergman and Roger Corbi. While Red Granite is currently engulfed in a major embezzlement scandal alleged to involve billions of dollars, the U.S. Department of Justice decided to allow the banner to operate as usual during the federal investigation into its connection to an alleged Malaysian money-laundering scheme, stating that the focus of the investigation would be on The Wolf of Wall Street, and not the company’s other films, including Papillon. A representative confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the company was planning on moving forward with Papillon, with shooting planned for September.
Malek is the breakout star of USA’s hacker series Mr. Robot, which premiered its second season in July. His film credits include Need for Speed, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. He is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment and Loeb & Loeb.
Charlie stopped by the Warner Bros. signing booth for his film King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con on July 23rd.
Charlie took the stage solo during the Warner Bros. Presentation at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con on July 23rd where he debuted the first official footage from the upcoming Guy Ritchie adaption King Arthur: The Legend Of The Sword which will land in theaters March 2017.
Charlie stopped by the SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio Channel broadcasting from the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego as well as the Fandango Studio during the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con on July 23rd. You can view photos in our gallery now.
How great does he look? It’s so good to see him out and about again. 🙂