Enter the world of THE LOST CITY OF Z
We interrupt the television series with a new feature trailer from Amazon and Bleecker Street.
Charlie Hunnam (Crimson Peak, Sons of Anarchy) gets seriously warned several times about an ancient Amazon city in the first teaser trailer for The Lost City Z, released by the Netflix competitor on Thursday. The Lost City of Z is an adaptation of the 2009 best-selling book with the same name by David Grann and it has been in the works for years.
“Ain’t nobody comes back from up there,” Hunman's character is told in the new clip.
Hunnam portrays Percy Fawcett, a British surveyor who disappeared in the 1920s while searching for a mythical city in the Amazon jungles of Brazil that he believed he had discovered on a prior expedition.
Sienna Miller (Burnt, Foxcatcher) stars as his wife and Tom Holland (Locke, The Impossible) portrays his son. Robert Pattinson (The Childhood of a Leader, Cosmopolis) is his aide. James Gray (Two Lovers, We Own the Night) directed the film, while Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing through their Plan B Entertainment along with Dale Johnson and Anthony Katagas. Marc Butan is exec producing with MICA Entertainment’s Julie B. May and Glenn Murray.
The official synopsis reads:
Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, The Lost City of Z 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. An epically-scaled tale of courage and obsession, told in Gray’s classic filmmaking style, The Lost City of Z is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and those individuals driven to achieve greatness at any cost.
"The Lost City of Z is a rare piece of contemporary classical cinema; its virtues of methodical storytelling, traditional style and obsessive theme are ones that would have been recognized and embraced anytime from the 1930s through the 1970s. Whether they will be properly valued by more speed-minded modern audiences will only become known when this immaculate production is released next spring, a half-year after its world premiere as the closing-night attraction at this year’s New York Film Festival." (The Hollywood Reporter)
Amazon and Bleecker Street are launching the movie in a platform release on April 14, followed by a wide release on April 21.
Watch the teaser trailer for The Lost City of Z below:
"Uncommonly sumptuous, patient and textured for a movie with such little emotional heat or staying power, “The Lost City of Z” doesn’t feel like a work of mimicry or homage so much as it does an immaculately crafted throwback — this isn’t just what movies used to look like, it’s also how they used to crackle, move and hum. Oh, what a blessing! Seeing this projected in 35mm is like mana from heaven. The film is further removed from Gray’s own experience than anything that he’s made before, and yet something about it feels indivisibly personal. Perhaps that’s because the rambunctious New York native sees something of himself in his latest protagonist, a British artillery officer who becomes consumed by the idea of locating an ancient civilization deep in the heart of the Amazon." (Indiewire)
"“The Lost City of Z” is the story of an obsession. Yet Fawcett, as played by Charlie Hunnam, the 36-year-old British star of “Sons of Anarchy,” is a character driven only by the high-minded rapture of his ideals. Hunnam, wearing a prominent mustache, may remind you here of a handful of other prominent thespians. At various points, he exudes the twinkly moral intelligence of Daniel Day-Lewis, the slightly sullen earnestness of Michael Fassbender, and the quizzical anonymity of Ben Foster. He’s an accomplished actor, but he never brings a whisper of a dark side to Fawcett’s crusade. [...] As a filmmaker, James Gray (“The Immigrant”) has become such a critical darling that there’s now almost a cult of support for his work, and “The Lost City of Z” is destined to be hailed as another prestige addition to the Gray canon. Yet its popularity with audiences may prove more limited. The film is infused with Gray’s meticulous gravity, yet it also has his recessiveness — that feeling he can give you that you’re watching the action under glass." (Variety)
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