Benedict Cumberbatch out, Charlie Hunnam in for ‘The Lost City of Z’


This is not surprising in the least. Any Cumberbitch worth her floral knew that Benedict Cumberbatch’s work schedule this year was going to go through some major flux. I don’t even think this one is his fault – Bendy has dropped out of The Lost City of Z, that long-gestating bio-pic/adventure film about Col. Percival Fawcett. Last year, Bendy had these mysterious lulls in his work schedule and I’m pretty sure that was because he truly believed The Lost City of Z would be filming months ago. But the production got pushed back until this year, I think in the Spring. And obviously, Bendy is going to have to find time somewhere to film Doctor Strange. So Z had to go. And now Charlie Hunnam is in.

Charlie Hunnam will star opposite Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller in The Lost City of Z, Plan B’s adaptation of the book by David Grann. MICA Entertainment has come on board to finance the drama, which James Gray is directing. Hunnam is replacing Benedict Cumberbatch, who was previously set to star but is now due to topline Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie, among other projects.

In the true-life drama, Hunnam will portray British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared in 1925 while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon.

[From THR]

Brad Pitt and his Plan B team are executive producing. I think at one point, Brad even considered playing a role (the main role, maybe?). Anyway, as I said, this was an obvious call Bendy had to make. It probably makes his workaholic heart sick that he’s turning down projects like this, but it’s happening with more frequency. Last year, he dropped out of Crimson Peak and his role went to Tom Hiddleston, who starred opposite Charlie Hunnam. So it’s coming full circle! And now Charlie gets to use his normal British accent for a role, hurrah.

Meanwhile, Bendy’s former drama teacher at Harrow – from when Bendy was only 13 years old – has spoken out about Bendy’s early talent. The teacher says Benedict was “obviously an outstanding actor – a combination of intuition and intellect.” You can read more here.

Last thing – Bendy is confirmed to present at the BAFTAs, although he was confirmed for the SAGs and never showed up, so it doesn’t mean much. Still, I think Benedict and Sophie will manage to make it to the BAFTAs. Guess who else will present? Felicity Jones, Martin Freeman and… Tom Hiddleston!! God, Hiddles had been SO quiet lately. I genuinely miss him, you guys. I’m more excited about seeing Hiddles than Bendy.



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  1. Toot says:

    I’m happy for Charlie.

    • Mia4S says:

      Eh, maybe? This movie has been “scheduled to begin filming” for 2 years. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • RocketMerry says:

      That, and I’m also very happy for every viewer’s eyeballs: we all need more Charlie in our corneas.

    • Isadora says:

      Yes, good for Charlie!

      I have to admit I thought LCoZ was one of the more interesting roles for Bendy, you know… a bit of variety. However I’m not really sad about the change, Charlie Hunnam seems like a better fit for the role anyway.

      And I’m a bit glad there won’t be endless fan comparisons/piss fights between sweaty Junglebatch in LCoZ and sweaty Junglehiddles in Skull Island now.

    • Someonestolemyname says:

      It”s so nice when Celebitchy does a article with Charlie’s picture in it.
      He’s so fine!

  2. TotallyBiased says:

    Yay, RedCarpetHiddles!
    I can’t wait. 😀

    • Lilacflowers says:

      A reason to live until Sunday. And he’s in that Vanity Fair Hollywood issue too. In a Jag.

    • MtnRunner says:

      Yes, the appearance of Tuxedo Tom, looking rested and healthy will do much good for the Dragonfly population.

    • Gracie says:

      *sobs* How is this fair? His first official outing of the year I am on holiday without Internet access. All the hotels I will be staying in better have good Wifi, otherwise I will be the person hunting high and low in Germany for an access point. Will miss you ladies when I am gone. #not here to talk about Bendy the Grump

      • MtnRunner says:

        Enjoy your holiday Gracie! We’ll catch up on the next Tommy post, hopefully in the next week.

      • icerose says:

        enjoy the holiday and wifi hunting

      • Mary-Alice says:

        In Europe there is wi fi absolutely everywhere. Any cafe, most streets are covered, for free, and I’ve never been to a hotel without at least lobby wi fi. I’m European, for the record, and I travel much around.

    • koko says:

      Well I’m hoping for “velvet” Hiddles. It’s been so cold and snowy here, that will warm me right up.

  3. Lindy79 says:

    To be fair, they had pushed it back so many times, he was free first half of last year because of it.
    No way Marvel were going to wait any longer for him so he has to stick with them.

    I’m looking forward to the Baftas and seeing arrivals as they happen not on West Coast time (i.e looking the following day)

  4. Maria says:

    Yes, I love a gorgeous explorer😍

  5. Sixer says:

    Bendy is sulking and pulled out because the script had Fawcett finding the Stargate (Antarctica? Phooey) and therefore won the COMET RACE.

  6. Mikeyangel says:

    Charlie is delicious. That is all.

  7. delphi says:

    *rubs temples and activates fashion prediction lobe of brain*

    I see florals…and pockets…and much smug smirking…

    • Lilacflowers says:

      And really nasty facial expressions when somebody else wins

      • An says:

        Actually, that’s genuine nerves.

        Here’s the same types of faces for an award he knew he won at a few seconds in, and again at a minute or so, just so you know I’m not talking out my ass:

        I’d say he just shouldn’t go to these things but you really can’t get away with that.

      • J says:

        yeah, that first one he makes there is identical to his GG face. once you get yourself worked up, it takes a while to get back to ‘normal’

        i noticed that years back when he won 3 times at the crime dagger ones. he like tries to smile or something when he wins the 3rd time, i think, but just looks really angry

  8. Lilacflowers says:

    Marvel films one movie at a time and is filming the third Captain America this spring, so Dr. Strange isn’t the reason he’s not available for LCOZ.

    • M.A.F. says:

      Doesn’t he start in Hamlet in May? or June?

      • gg says:

        Hamlet rehearsals will start in mid-June (performance starts Aug 5). It was announced that the long-awaited Sherlocked Con will be happening in late April in London so maybe he was actually be there. Plus Cumberbaby will be arriving (I’m betting) in May.

      • Claire. says:

        Are we of the opinion the kid is his?

      • Lilacflowers says:

        It wouldn’t make sense to pull out of a movie just to attend a convention. I’m suspecting more wedding/baby related reasons. But the Dr Strange reason is being cited everywhere when it isn’t due to begin filming until late fall. Captain America shoots this spring

      • Miki says:

        I heard Strange is filming in May, plus he needs time to prep and rehearsal for that role. I doubt they’ll be a wedding. If there is some kind of ‘celebratory’ event it’ll most likely be in France.

      • Claire. says:

        Because of pap laws, 30 day residency rule for marriages, or both? Maybe that old tall tale she’s related to Jane Birkin will get resurrected lol

      • gg says:

        Even if they got married out of the UK (like George and Amal did) they would still have to register in the UK. As for the kid, I would ask for a paternity test if I were him and it was my money on the line.

      • Felice says:

        They won’t escape the public registry. Stephen Fry gets twitter trolls and threats every day (and threatens to delete) and he couldn’t escape it.

    • anon121 says:

      Claire-I’m in the camp that thinks he demanded a paternity test before he proposed. Otherwise that quote about not needing to present her to the world before the engagement doesn’t make sense. LFF doesn’t make sense. Nope-she told him she was pregnant and he waited for paternity test/viability (both accomplished at 12 weeks) before announcing the engagement. My opinion FWIW.

      • Claire. says:

        Anon121, that bizarre trot out at LFF makes no sense in the context of a test. He could have left her at home or she could have arrived semi anonymously with the other guests. I’m not clued in on public info available: if your timeline is right can they get away with falsely claiming the kid was born in June when it’s april, which is what your timeline suggests?

      • anon121 says:

        Claire-the only possible explanation for that LFF CF was that someone didn’t want to walk together. I originally thought it was him but now think it was her coz he hadn’t put a ring on it yet. And why not? Not sure it was his perhaps? Look-this could just be my conspiracy thinking but to me it’s the only thing that makes sense. Add in the whole “we weren’t engaged so the world didn’t need to know” (paraphrasing) and it becomes weirder. Look-none of us are going to know for sure until the baby arrives. I’m going for 5/5 myself.

      • Vini says:

        Not sure what the purpose of LFF, but they did make several changes to the US release date of TIG…so I assumed LFF was suppose to be the announcement of their engagement but got pushed back. The enGAGment would have been old news by then TIG came out in the US and they wouldn’t get their pic as a couple in the People cover. 🙂
        Or perhaps judging by how well put together she was back then I believe they were suppose to at least pose for a photo together so they’d have a photo for the tabs/mags when the official engagement came out but one of them pulled a tantrum?! lol
        It could have been BC who didn’t want to, afterall his parents were there. It just seems…unfair/disrespectful to them especially if they didn’t know yet about plans for the enGAG or pg.
        I find it hard to believe she was 12 weeks pg at LFF coz her Bump by now would be bigger like Keira’s but recent photos suggest otherwise.

      • Felice says:

        According to people who saw her go in, she didn’t even stop. She stormed right in.

      • Claire. says:

        There’s something about that theory that just doesn’t add up though. It’s all too weird. What do you mean 5/5, that the kid is his? I will lose all respect for him if he marries her and I think it’ll sink his chances of a long career and a great public image.

      • Felice says:

        He’s calling in to Ryan Seacrest tomorrow. SOMETHING is gonna happen tomorrow. God help us.

      • Claire. says:

        Felice fill me in pls, when do celebs call into Ryan seacrest? I’m missing the context of how this could be a big thing. I’m assuming there’s been no public registry so…

        Whatever it is Friday is the day you drop news you don’t want in headlines right?

      • Felice says:

        Ryan Seacrest has a morning radio show and I guess he’s interviewing BC. It’s just that it was so random that I thought he will add more stuff to this relationship but it’s probably just TIG.

    • tsmiv2 says:

      I’m betting he’s either filming Dr. Strange or he’s got something else lined up. I can’t see Mr. Workaholic doing nothing from the Oscars to late June.

  9. InvaderTak says:

    Go Charlie. Hopefully he transitions from SOA to some good roles.

    And yay for some Hiddles! This should be a fun year for him. Hope it goes well. Hopefully his suit fits better this time on the red carpet. It’s also really hilarious to see his publicist’s facial expressions in the background.

    • MtnRunner says:

      You know in two months that he’s filled out nicely and will be wearing the hell outta dat suit. He’ll be lookin’ fine.

  10. Mom2two says:

    I wonder if that King Arthur movie Charlie was attached to is still happening?

  11. Ingrid says:

    Yay for Charlie! Love him and he’s very talented actor when given good material. Not surprised Bendy dropped out, I would have been shocked if he wouldn’t have.

    Some nannies are saying Charlie is a bad actor, not under my watch, ladies! They obviously didn’t watch Sons of Anarchy, he was wonderful in it. He basically played the role of Hamlet and did beautiful job in with the character arch. Overdue for an Emmy.

    • Lindy79 says:

      I’ve noticed that a lot with some of the more invested fans, no other actor is comparable with him and no one is better or equal and a pox on the house of anyone who says he’s anything other than the best actor ever. The Eddie Redmayne stuff after the Globes was laughable.
      Ive never been such a fan or someone or something that I can’t acknowledge when someone else has done good work.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        It is scary, actually. Not only do they not acknowledge good work, they act like other actors are threats of some sort

      • j says:

        that’s pretty much any over-invested fan, definitely not at all exclusive to cumberbatch ones

        scary, for me, isnt that but any fan who exhibits genuine stalker qualities, like that guy who kept following mila kunis around

      • Lindy79 says:

        True but this is his thread so why he’s being discussed 😉
        I’m not a fan of blind adoration, never have been in any way shape of form.

      • jammypants says:

        The supernannies will admit someone is good if they don’t feel threatened.

      • J says:

        true, lindy79 🙂

      • KT says:

        The obsessive haters/dislikers, what have you, creep me out more than supernannies. Same sorts of behavior yet with negative gratification instead of positive.

    • maggie says:

      Ingrid you are spot on!! Charlie was awesome in SOA. I’m excited to see his next several adventures on the big screen. I miss him as Jax, I’m glad he won’t be stereotyped, tho.

  12. Tig says:

    I hope this movie gets made- the book was very good. The BAFTAs red carpet should be interesting!

  13. scout says:

    Charlie Hunnam! Bring on the deliciousness!! He looks like young Brad Pitt, love him. Missed him so much after “Sons of Anarchy” ended, looking forward to this movie.

    Bendy should get married soon, before she pops out cumberbaby.

    • Isadora says:

      I was thinking the same about Brad and Charlie. 🙂

    • kennedy says:


      But of course it only was featured because Bendy is involved. I can’t wait for CB to break up with Bendy. Come over to the right side of history – Hunnam is where it’s at.

      If only R Patz dropped out, this movie would be perfect. But I love me some James Gray and he’s certainly an actors director so I’m STOKED to see Hunnam take on this role.

  14. PD says:

    I love Charlie! Don’t you think he’s got mystery about him? That special something? Like there’s things bubbling under the surface and I can only hope he gets more great roles because he’s got so much potential!

    Sorry but that’s why cumberbatch con os bewildering to me

  15. MtnRunner says:

    Is it too much to ask for a separate Hiddles BAFTA post with the Two Questions and BBC words and music news? Please???

    Crimson Peak trailer is dropping any day now…

    • Lindy79 says:

      Did I imagine it or was he supposed to be doing a Q&A around now?

      • Lilacflowers says:

        The Q&A is February 22. Same night as the Oscars. The BBC words and music show will be broadcast the same day, although it was recorded last week.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Ah I thought it was Jan 22nd!

      • MtnRunner says:

        The Nuffield Q&A is on Feb 22nd, Oscar Sunday. I’m hoping icerose will make it there and report back.

    • Gracie says:

      Yes to new Hiddles thread! I thought we were going to get a new thread just purely for Glamour magazine’s horrible lack of eyesight. #not here to talk about Bendy the Grump

    • icerose says:

      and the Falstaff award for best leading actor in 2014 in a Shakespearean play

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  18. Mia4S says:

    This casting still has me confused. Fawcett was travelling with his son when he disappeared. Also he was 58 years old! The thought of Pattinson and Hunnam playing father and son (or 58) is hilarious! I assume one of them plays the author in the future who is the framing device? Sounds…OK, but going from 58 to 30 something action hero? Oh Hollywood you never surprise!

    • Anname says:

      Pattinson is playing Henry Costin, who went on the journey with him, not his son.

      • Mia4S says:

        Costin? He didn’t go on the Z expedition. He’s barely in the book. Unless they are just combining and making things up? That makes more sense.

        Costin caught a flesh eating infection that ate off most of his face and caused him to go mad well before the Z story. I hope they don’t leave out the heavy stuff, that’s what made the book so good.

      • Anname says:

        Someone who read the script says Costin is with Fawcett on the journey, and the role of the son is quite small. The Costin role is the main supporting role, so they must have switched up the story a bit. I don’t think this director will shy away from the heavy stuff.

      • Lindy79 says:

        “Costin caught a flesh eating infection that ate off most of his face”

        You had me at this sentence

      • Mia4S says:

        Yeah I figured that they would heavily make things up, the book is not Hollywood enough and they are/were obviously having funding issues. *Sigh*, I really liked the book.

        I will probably still see it and be endlessly entertained that Charlie Hunnam is playing the 58 year old (Cumberbatch was already a huge stretch) and watch Sparkles get his face eaten off. 😉

      • PunkyMomma says:

        Mia4S – After The Rover I vowed to never again contribute to the ✨Sparkles✨ retirement fund, but the prospect of both 💀Jax Teller💀 p0rn mixed in with a ✨Sparkly Meat Entree✨ has me going for the popcorn.

      • Isadora says:

        “I will probably still see it and be endlessly entertained that Charlie Hunnam is playing the 58 year old (Cumberbatch was already a huge stretch) and watch Sparkles get his face eaten off. ”

        ROFL. Thank you ladies, your comments are the best! 😀

        Btw am I the only one who thinks that Charlie and Sparkles make a much more believable adventurer duo/friends/whatever than Sparkles and Bendybatch?

      • Gina says:

        I also think Charlie and Sparkles are more believable as friends/partners than Sparkles and Cumby… At least, they’re closer in age.

    • TotallyBiased says:

      Yeah, I’ve given up on this being even REMOTELY the Percy Fawcett story. Which is unfortunate, as it is an AMAZING tale. Throwing a monkey wrench, I’d really have enjoyed this with Michael Keaton as Percy. Is it just me?

  19. Felice says:

    My biggest fear is that LCOZ becomes a huge hit and Dr. Strange tanks astronomically (see what I did there?)

    • Lindy79 says:

      I think Ant Man and Dr Strange will be interesting in how well they will/will not do for Marvel.

      What was general reaction to Dr Strange when it was announced? Has any other casting been released?

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Nothing definite, just rumors about Al Pacino and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Meanwhile, Lance Reddick wants to play Black Panther’s dad. Gets my vote

      • Tig says:

        To me, Dr Strange lends itself to a better story line- Antman is a human version of A Bug’s Life. And I love Paul Rudd! But, who would ever predicted Guardians of the Galaxy would do as well as it did?

      • Felice says:

        Really? It wouldn’t be more like Antz? The Dreamworks counterpart (the superior imo I like grungy animation) that came out a month before and ignited the company comparisons.

      • Isadora says:

        LOL. But yes, I think Dr. Strange will fare much better than Ant Man.

    • j says:

      @ felice: lcoz is more likely to bomb, imo. gray’s a great director, but he’s never worked with this type of budget and cant seem to get this together. so lcoz could be amazing quality-wise but i can see them going over budget and having a hard time recouping it

      drop strange in the theaters a time without other action movies, as marvel usually does, and it’ll clean up tbh

      • PD says:

        Hope it flops, don’t want things to go the way cumberbatch is planning. It’s too much and too ego.

        Marvel will forever be Downey, Hemsworth, Evans, Jackson, Hiddleston, Ruffalo and Johansson to me. And my never ending tears for what could’ve been with Pheonix as Dr Strange! 🙁 🙁

      • Lindy79 says:

        J is right, Marvel has a HUGE following and the publicity machine behind both films will be huge, they pretty much dominate Comic Cons the world over. LCoZ just won’t have that unless it’s picked up by a large studio (like Imitation Game was by Weinstein)

        LOL @ Ant Man being human A Bugs LIfe

      • PunkyMomma says:

        Agree entirely about Phoenix should have been cast as Dr. Strange.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I mourn for Phoenix as Dr. Strange. I think the part has been woefully miscast.

      • j says:

        dont think phoenix was right either tbh. no way would he be able to do promo at marvel’s level, and he tends to veera little into letch when he means to be creepy/sly–or not, like in Her.

  20. Gracie says:

    Charlie is looking great in the picture. Hope this opens new doors for him.

  21. A.Key says:

    Oh God, Charlie Hunnam, YAASSSS

  22. Lilian says:

    Omg, I can’t wait to see this, it’s a great story, hope they got a good script, and add Charlie to that with his accent, I hope they don’t mess this one up.

  23. sad DSA says:

    That’s such a lovely umbrella… With the raindrops on it like that. That umbrella is so nice, I’m almost compelled to save the picture.

    If Charlie is the guy from Pacific Rim, I’m happy for him too!

    • Gracie says:

      He’s also the boy from Queer as Folks UK. He’s grown. 🙂

      • sad DSA says:

        Oh, why thank you for letting me know, kind stranger…

        Who’s Benedick Cumberpatch (the guy with the umbrella), though, do you know? Never heard of him…. All of the sudden he’s engaged to this famous opera director breezily managing THREE theatre companies. What a fameho.

  24. Josefa says:

    I don’t really get the hype over Charlie Hunnam. I don’t get what’s so sexy about him other than his toned abs and butt. And he’s a very mediocre actor.

  25. Isadora says:

    “Last year, he dropped out of Crimson Peak and his role went to Tom Hiddleston, who starred opposite Charlie Hunnam. So it’s coming full circle!”

    Btw Sienna Miller will also play Charlie’s wife, I think, and she was Tom’s love interest in High-Rise. So yes… everything’s connected. *hippie dancing ensues*

    • Kimberly says:

      Sienna Miller might play his wife? 🙁
      UGHH…….why is she in everything these days?

      • moodgirl says:

        I don’t get the Sienna thing; she surely has minimal talent at best.

      • Isadora says:

        I have to admit I like her much better now when she doesn’t make headlines with relationship scandals and homewrecking stuff. And she herself seems happier too. I guess her guy and the baby are good for her.

        I never noticed her acting, so I’m waiting for High-Rise to pass judgement. However she was nominated for some awards for her portrayal of Tippi Hedren, so maybe she has improved? At least I hope so.

      • kennedy says:

        She was quite good in American Sniper. But NO ONE was better than the robot baby!

    • Lilacflowers says:

      She is in High-Rise but she is nobody’s love interest. There are no love interests in High-Rise. There is no love in High-Rise.

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  27. Ally8 says:

    I’m bummed about this. I was looking forward to the Cumby – period piece adventure movie combo.

  28. Solanaceae (Nighty) says:

    Oh, I opened this waiting to see pics of Charlie and Hiddles… No Hiddles pics??

    *sobs… *

    • TotallyBiased says:

      @Sol, Sol, it’s okay! Breathe!
      Just go to the Glamour UK-Jamie Dornan post, there’s some lovely links to the VF stuff including video. Plus the last BC post might have something on it for you.
      But the drought will end soon, really. We will all be rewarded for learning our lesson of Delayed Gratification!

  29. Dante says:

    Starring opposite Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller? I’ll pass.