Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch to film The Lost City of Z in Belfast

Brad Pitt's Plan B film company will retell the story of a British explorer lost in the Amazon and will film it in erm… Northern Ireland

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Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch to film The Lost City of Z in Belfast
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Can Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch solve the mystery of explorer Percy Fawcett, who strangely went missing in the Amazon in 1925? We will soon find out…

The Immigrant director James Gray will begin filming The Lost City of Z in not so sunny Belfast early next year. Twilight actor Robert Pattinson will also star in the movie, based on the book by American writer David Grann.

Belfast isn’t the first location that comes to mind when trying to find a jungle setting, however, the Amazon scenes won’t actually be taking place in Northern Ireland, but the film's London scenes will.

Instead, the sweaty jungle backdrop will be shot in Columbia, and then move onto Northern Ireland later.

"The Lost City of Z is almost set on two different planets – the jungle and Victorian England," explained director Gray to the Belfast Telegraph.

It’s thought that around 100 people never made it out of the Amazon while searching for Fawcett or retracing his footsteps attempting to find the ancient civilisation he was looking for. The Lost City of Z will ask:

"What does it mean to be a civilized person?" said Gray.

"What is progress? Is progress just economic growth? Or is it understanding what's around us? Is it growth of emotional intelligence or GDP growth?

"How do we contemplate new and old ideas of humanity?"

Belfast is fast becoming the Hollywood of Europe, Ridley Scott’s Halo is currently shooting in the city, Northern Ireland doubles for Game of Thrones’ Westeros, and 2013 Gillian Anderson drama The Fall was also shot in the streets of Belfast.

The Lost City of Z will be released in 2015.


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