Charlie Hunnam set to replace Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Lost City of Z’

Charlie-HunnamCumberbatch has swapped exploring the Amazon for Doctor Strange and other projects…

The biopic of the British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett has held my interest for some time now due to both the pretty incredible story of Fawcett’s final expedition into the Amazon and because it seemed like a new role for Cumberbatch to take on. Now obviously we have lost Cumberbatch but Hunnam should be more than capable of bringing an explorer like Fawcett to life, he does seem a slightly more obvious choice though unfortunately.

For those of you who haven’t heard the story of Col. Percival Fawcet before; he was an explorer who journeyed through Brazil supposedly discovering and fighting things such as a 62 foot long giant anaconda and Double-nosed Andean tiger hounds. In 1925, after having returned to Britain to fight in World War One, he set out into the Amazon with a team of men in search of El Dorado (the mythological city of gold). He and his team disappeared into the wilderness only to never return.

Since then over 100 people have said to have died on expeditions to try and find out what happened to him and numerous reports have him ending up either murdered by locals or living out the rest of his life as chief of a cannibal tribe. He is also the man who may have partially inspired Indiana Jones and his notes on journeying in the Amazon provided the inspiration for  Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World.

So, do you think you’ll be checking out the new film? I personally think it sounds like a fascinating story and I’ll be seeing it regardless of whether Cumberbatch or Hunnam is in the lead role. I’ve also included a picture of the real man below for interests sake…. Let me know what you think of the project and casting choice in the comment box below!

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8 comments

  1. Interesting news, sounds like it’s gonna be an interesting film.

    1. Yeah I’m hopeful for it!

      1. Me too, I really like Charlie Hunnam as an actor.

        1. I was looking forward to seeing Cumberbatch take on a role like this but I’m happy with Hunnam instead!

  2. Whoa. Talk about trading down! haha

    Still gonna see it, though. The story does sound fascinating.

    1. Haha yeah same, it’s such a shame we chat see Cumberbatch in a role like this though…

  3. I loved the book this film is based on and have been waiting for the film to be made for ages! Honestly I’m not too fussed about whoever plays Fawcett (although Cumberbatch would have been nice), as long as the film is as interesting as the book was.

    1. I haven’t read the book but may very well now that you mention it! Is it also called ‘The Lost City of Z’?

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