After seventeen years, director Terry Gilliam’s long-gestating passion project “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” is finally in front of cameras with shooting now underway.
Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce will play the lead roles originally shot by Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort in the cancelled 2000 version which fell apart due to various on-set disasters. In the ensuing years the likes of Jack O’Connell, Ewan McGregor, Michael Palin, Robert Duvall and John Hurt have all been up for the two roles at one time or another.
Olga Kurylenko, Stellan Skarsgard, Joana Ribeiro, Eva Basteiro-Bertoli and Rossy de Palma co-star in the film described as a modern and satirical twist on the Cervantes tale.
Driver plays Toby, a jaded commercials director who travels to Spain for a shoot and comes across a gypsy who gives a copy of his student film – a lyrical re-working of the Don Quixote story set in a quaint old Spanish village.
Moved by the discovery, Toby sets off on a bizarre road trip to find the little village where the student film was shot and gets caught up in a series of catastrophies.