Benedict Cumberbatch’s busy schedule was bound to catch up with him. The beloved Brit has dropped out of the highly-anticipated film adaptation of The Lost City of Z so that he can dedicate the proper amount of time to his own Marvel franchise as Doctor Strange.
Cumberbatch is the second actor to drop out of the role of Amazon explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett. Brad Pitt also stepped out of the role, though Pitt is still producing the film.
Charlie Hunnam, best known for Sons of Anarchy and turning down Fifty Shades of Grey, will replace Cumberbatch as Fawcett, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sienna Miller will play Fawcett’s wife and Robert Pattinson his son and fellow traveler (though the two are only six years of age apart in real life).
In the New York Times bestseller Lost City of Z, New Yorker writer David Grann retraces the steps of real-life British explorer Percy Fawcett, who ventured into the Amazon in 1925 to find an ancient civilization but never returned. Grann himself trekked the Amazon in an attempt to find any trace of the doomed explorer.