The Lost City of Z Release Date - Charlie Hunnam

This weekend brings the world premiere of The Lost City of Z as the closing night film of the New York Film Festival. The adaptation of David Grann‘s true story of the same name has been written and directed by James Gray, and we’ve been waiting to hear when this movie might finally get a release after the trailer leaked earlier this past spring (and was taken down shortly thereafter). Now we finally have an answer. Read More »

James Gray Ad Astra

Director James Gray (The Immigrant) is currently in post-production on his adaptation of The Lost City of Z, a project he first became attached to in 2008. Following up that period piece, Gray is turning his attention towards the future. The director’s science fiction project, Ad Astra, is set to begin principal photography in early 2017.

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UPDATE: The trailer has been removed by request of the production company. The above image is from Water for Elephants.

After developing for years and going through iterations with the likes of Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch in lead roles, James Gray‘s adaptation of the best-selling book The Lost City of Z is finally on film, and it’s looking to hit the big screen sometime soon. Up until today, we hadn’t seen anything from the movie, but a sales trailer has been discovered online (for now), just sitting there for about a month now. It gives us a good idea of what we can expect from this exploration epic that finds Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson discovering a tribe of cannibals in the Amazon jungle. Watch below. Read More »

Lost City of Z cast

After years of development and quite a lot of uncertainty, the film adaptation of David Grann‘s book The Lost City of Z is now shooting, with James Gray directing and Charlie Hunnam in the lead role of Percy Fawcett, who vanished in the 1920s while searching for the fabled El Dorado, the city of gold in the Amazon which had captivated explorers for decades.

We’ve known most of the cast, which also features Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson, for a while. but the start of production announcement also brings the news that Tom Holland, Marvel’s future Spider-Man, seen above in Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea, will have a role as well. Read More »


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The Immigrant trailer

We got our first look at the Cannes 2014 slate this morning, but there are still a few Cannes 2013 films making their way to theaters. One is James Gray‘s The Immigrant, starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner.

Cotillard stars as Ewa, a Polish woman who emigrates to New York in 1920 with her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan). The two are separated upon their arrival at Ellis Island when Magda turns out to be sick.

Desperate, penniless, and alone, Ewa accepts the help of a charming stranger named Bruno (Phoenix) who turns out to be a pimp. He traps her in a life of prostitution, but she sees the potential for salvation when she meets his more pure-hearted cousin Orlando (Renner). Watch the new The Immigrant trailer after the jump.

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The Sundance Channel is getting into the prestige TV game, and is following up Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake with six-episode series The Red Road, which has James Gray directing the first episode. (Not to be confused with Andrea Arnold’s 2006 film Red Road; this isn’t a remake of that movie.)

The show stars Martin Henderson, Jason Momoa, Julianne Nicholson and Tom Sizemore, and follows “a sheriff struggling to keep his family together while simultaneously policing two clashing communities: the small town where he grew up and the neighboring Ramapo Mountains, home of the Ramapo Mountain Indians.” In other words, yep, this covers some of the same geography as the film Out of the Furnace, and features the same population that wasn’t all that psyched about Scott Cooper’s film.

Check out a trailer below. Read More »

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It’s fun to see the development of the careers of Robert Pattinson and Daniel Radcliffe to have similar careers after their respective tween franchises ended. Radcliffe has been canny with his post-Potter gigs, choosing projects that better straddle art and mainstream.

Pattinson has gone more for the weird when it comes to gigs outside Twilight. (Both the intentionally weird, and the unwittingly so.) And he’s got another gig with Cronenberg in the works now, a job with Werner Herzog, and a role in The Rover, from Animal Kingdom director David Michôd. That’s good company to be in.

Now add The Lost City of Z, to be directed by James Gray based on the book by David Grann about doomed Amazon explorer Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett. Read More »


This looks promising. The Immigrant is James Gray‘s latest film, which debuted at Cannes to generally positive reviews. And no wonder: the film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner in a love triangle of sorts, as Phoenix “helps” Cotillard as she immigrates to the US in the 1920, then traps her in a life of prostitution. Renner plays Phoenix’s cousin, and the man who could set her free. Sure, that’s a pretty hoary old story, but with the talent involved it still has appeal. And coming from Gray (and cinematographer Darius Khondji) I’d expect more out of it than the basic description suggests.

Note: this trailer is not safe for work, due to some nudity. Read More »


Another big Cannes premiere this year was the crime drama Blood Ties, co-written by Two Lovers director James Gray, and the first English-language film directed by Guillaume Canet (Tell No One). The film has quite a cast, and a period ’70s setting in Brooklyn, as it remakes the 2008 French thriller Les liens du sang by Jacques Maillot.

The cast includes Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard reuniting from Rust & Bone, but the prime cast members are Clive Owen and Billy Crudup, with Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, and James Caan. The plot relies on an old conceit: two brothers on opposite sides of the law. But there’s some changing of sides, and the ensemble cast expands the scope of the production by involving far more people than the two brothers.

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James Gray, the director of films such as Two Lovers and We Own the Night, was once set to direct The Lost City of Z,  featuring Brad Pitt. Things changed on that front, as Gray and Paramount couldn’t come to financial terms for the big-budget ‘expedition to the Amazon’ film. (Ironically, the same issue was once a stumbling block for the similarly -titled World War Z, also at Paramount, which is now in production with Pitt under the director of Marc Forster.)

But as often seems to be the scenario with Brad Pitt and certain directors, the star and filmmaker are now set to come together on another project. Pitt is in talks to star in The Gray Man, an adaptation of Mark Greaney‘s assassin thriller novel. Read More »