Set in 1925, The Lost City of Z tells the true-life drama which centres on British explorer Col. Percival who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon.
The film tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett – supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide de camp (Robert Pattinson) – returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.
The film (adapted from David Grann’s nonfiction book of the same title) is directed by James Gray and has been a passion project of the filmmaker for close to a decade. It was originally slated to star Benedict Cumberbatch, but when he discovered his wife was pregnant the actor didn't want to be away on location when she was ready to give birth. So - Gray hired Charlie Hunnam ( sons of Anarchy) who fully committed to the role. Not only did he do extensive research into Percy Fawcett's life, but he lost over 35 pounds in a matter of weeks to play the role.
The movie is produced by Brad Pitt ( his company Plan B) and at one point Pitt was going to star, but felt that he just wasn't the best choice. The Lost City of Z also stars Sienna Miller as Percy's wife and Tom Holland as his grown up son who later went with this father on what would be his last expedition.
I spoke with stars Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller and director James Gray in Los Angeles about working on this film. The interviews are below.
THE LOST CITY OF Z OPENS ON APRIL 21ST.