When Benedict Cumberbatch jumped ship from Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak a few weeks ago, the internet and industry insiders wondered: “Why?”
del Toro is one of the industry’s biggest names and collaboration with him would seem beneficial for all involved. And then the rumors started that Cumberbatch had been cast in J. J. Abrams‘ upcoming Star Wars, Episode VII. The fact that the two recently collaborated on this summer’s Star Trek Into Darkness lent that rumor some credibility, but today, we might have a more concrete answer to the various questions and speculations circulating of late.
Collider is reporting that reports are surfacing from the Toronto International Film Festival that the Englishman is in negotiations to star in James Grey‘s film adaptation of David Grann‘s The Lost City of Z. The non-fiction book tells the story of an English explorer, Percy Fawcett, who was lost and never seen again after he made a trek into the Amazon.
The book’s synopsis:
In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called “The Lost City of Z.” In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett’s quest for “Z” and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century.
So there’s that.
The rumors that Cumberbatch had joined Star Wars were quickly shot down by his reps soon after the rumor went viral and now this report seems to clear up some questions as to where Cumberbatch would eventually settle into his next project. Given Cumberbatch’s upcoming slate of projects, this honestly seems more likely than a Star Wars berth, but I still wouldn’t count out the possibility of his being in both. Until production on that film has gotten underway and wrapped, I honestly cannot rule out anyone from appearing in that film.
Cumberbatch is set to star in 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate and August: Osage County, which are all making their debuts at TIFF. The first two of those pictures both see United States release on October 18th and August will see release on Christmas Day.