Amazon Studios have just released a short first look at James Gray‘s film adaptation of the best selling non-fiction book The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by American author David Grann. The film tells the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) who, in 1925, disappeared with his son Jack (Tom Holland) in the Amazon while looking for an ancient fabled civilisation. As many as 100 explorers and scientists have faced the same fate while trying to find evidence of Fawcett’s party and the lost city. The teaser trailer gives little away, except to allude to the look and feel of the film, which looks to be a tense action thriller in addition to being a historical biographical adventure.
This will be the first time in 15 years Joaquin Phoenix won’t star in one of Gray’s films, whose work includes 2013’s The Immigrant with Marion Cotillard and 2008’s Two Lovers with Gwyneth Paltrow. The trailer features very little of Robert Pattinson who plays fellow explorer Henry Costin. The cast also includes Sienna Miller as Nina Fawcett, Jack’s wife, and Angus Macfadyen as biologist and explorer James Murray. The large scale action sequences and front runner Hunnam (who once again speaks in his very confusing natural accent) provide the box office bankability, however, knowing the projects that Pattinson and Miller tend to attach themselves to, we can be sure to expect a certain caliber and high quality, marking perhaps the perfect combination big scale blockbuster and independent sensibility.
The Lost City of Z, produced by Brad Pitt, is set to be released theatrically in April. You can watch the first trailer below.
Robert Pattinson and Charlie Hunnam in The Lost City of Z
Tom Holland in The Lost City of Z