The Lost City of Z is a pretty incredible book, if you’re looking for something good to read. Author David Grann tells the story of Col. Percival Fawcett’s doomed journey into the Amazon jungle half as though he's sharing a fun adventure and half as a gleefully cringe-worthy catalogue of the many ways the Amazon jungle will fuck you up. Awesome creative ways that will have you sifting your poop and jumping at bug bites for weeks.
I’m not sure how much James Gray’s adaptation will focus on that stuff, but I certainly hope he doesn’t just blow it off. The film has Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson in it already, and now Charlie Hunnam has taken the lead role once earmarked for Benedict Cumberbatch. With Cumberbatch off doing Doctor Strange, his plate is just too full for aggressive maggots and pee-fish. Charlie Hunnam doesn’t have that problem. Pee-fish him up all you want.
It’s fun to think about what kind of role can survive a switch from a guy like Cumberbatch to someone like Hunnam. One’s epitomizes intellect. The other, well, the other doesn’t. All I know for sure is that it’s a dangerous jungle, and Hunnam needs to be extra careful if he’s going to walk around shirtless for no reason.