Lost in La Mancha, a documentary that followed the trials and tribulations of Terry Gilliam’s attempt at making The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, is a document of the vast variety of problems that can change the fate of a film overnight. Ten years later, the visionary director has re-aimed his sights on completing the cursed project and has re-cast the original leads replacing Jean Rochefort with Robert Duvall and Johnny Depp with Ewan McGregor.
“Johnny Depp’s involvement, however, had been uncertain for a while (and then he just bailed all together) and Colin Farrell turned the role down six months ago, but at Cannes last night, Terry Gilliam revealed to Empire that Ewan McGregor will be filling Depp’s shoes. ” [Source The Playlist]
Interesting casting choice for McGregor who despite some mainstream mishaps, seems oddly well suited as a replacement for what might have been Johnny Depp’s most brilliant performance ever (watch La Mancha and you’ll see a glimpse of the early stages of Jack Sparrow). It’ll be curious to watch the production move forward and see if it will be as riddled with unforseen problems as before.
Are you excited for Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote?