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Wednesday 26 June 2019

Jack O'Connell for Don Quixote

Jack O'Connell is to star in Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote
Jack O'Connell is to star in Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote

Jack O'Connell has been cast as the star of Terry Gilliam's long-awaited Don Quixote.

The Monty Python star revealed earlier this year he was to make another attempt to shoot his The Man Who Killed Don Quixote project, which he first began working on 15 years ago.

Variety has revealed that Jack - next appearing in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken - will star opposite John Hurt in the film as jaded director Toby.

It will be Gilliam's seventh attempt to make the film and he quipped: "Seven is my lucky number so let's break the curse and make it!"

Tony Grisoni, who penned Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, Tideland and The Red Riding Trilogy has written the script.

It is a complete rewrite of the version Terry was forced to abandon in 2010 after losing financial backing.

Jack will star in the modern satire as Toby, a jaded commercials director, who is in Spain for a shoot where he meets a traveller who gives him a copy of his student film - a lyrical re-working of the Don Quixote story set in a quaint old Spanish village.

Toby sets off on a road trip to find the little village where the film was shot and is caught up in a set of bizarre catastrophes .

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote first went into production in 2000 starring Jean Rochefort as Quixote and Johnny Depp as an advertising exec who travels back in time to seventeenth century La Mancha where he is mistaken by Don Quixote for Sancho Panza.

That version was shut down after the shoot was plagued by disasters, including a flash flood and Jean suffering a double-disc hernia. The failed attempt to make the film featured in the acclaimed 2002 documentary Lost In La Mancha.

The 2010 version had Robert Duvall and Ewan McGregor attached to the lead roles and followed a commercials director who is confused with Sancho Panza by a deluded actor who played Don Quixote in a movie they once worked on together.

Gilliam and top Spanish producer Adrian Guerra, who worked on the Ryan Reynolds thriller Buried, are due to begin shooting in early 2015 in the Canary Islands, for a May 2016 release.

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