James Gray’s adventure film tale “The Lost City of Z” is steering clear of this year’s awards season fray with Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street announcing an April 21st 2017 release date for the biopic. The announcement comes a day before the film has its world premiere at the New York Film Festival as the closing night project.
Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, and Tom Holland star in the true story of Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett (Hunnam), the British military-man-turned-explorer, whose search for a lost city deep in the Amazon in the 1920s and 1930s grows into an increasingly feverish, decades-long magnificent obsession that takes a toll on all around him.
Its April bow will be a limited release which will then expand in subsequent weeks and offers a welcome respite for audiences after meatier fare than the two films already scheduled that week – the De Niro comedy “War with Grandpa” and the Katherine Heigl-thriller “Unforgettable”.
It’s not the only film today that has staked out a release around that time. Fox Searchlight has also set a May 5th limited release date for Roger Michell’s mystery-drama “My Cousin Rachel” starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin.
Based on the 1951 novel by Daphne du Maurier the story follows a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
Holliday Grainger, Iain Glen, and Pierfrancesco Favino also star while filming took place last spring in England and Italy.