Benedict Cumberbatch has risen in popularity faster than you can say “God Save the Queen.” The British thespian leads one of the most admired shows on TV (BBC’s Sherlock), starred in one of this summer’s biggest movies (Star Trek Into Darkness), and is even rumored to be the villain in the new Star Wars films (though these rumors have been denied by his reps so far).

Now, Cumberbatch has decided to trek into the jungle for the true adventure drama The Lost City of Z, based on David Grann’s best-selling book of the same name. Cumberbatch will star as Percy Fawcett, a British soldier and adventurer who allegedly discovered a mythical city in the Amazon rainforest.

The plot is intriguing. When Fawcett returned to England to share his discovery, nobody believed him. So, naturally, he set out to prove them wrong and find the city again, this time with his son alongside him. The only problem is that neither of them ever came back. Talk about a camping trip gone bad.

Brad Pitt, whose company Plan B is producing the The Lost City of Z, was once considered likely to play Fawcett, but that never panned out. Director James Gray has kept busy while the project was in development hell – he will release The Immigrant this fall, starring Jeremy Renner, Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix – but he must nevertheless be excited to have a star like Cumberbatch on board for the film.

Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Fifth Estate’

Fittingly, Cumberbatch’s attachment to The Lost City of Z was announced (via Deadline) from the Toronto International Festival, where Cumberbatch has three movies set to debut. The first is Steve McQueen’s star-studded slavery drama 12 Years a Slave, then there’s the dark comedy August: Osage County, and finally the controversial Wikileaks movie The Fifth Estate.

We’re big fans of Cumberbatch here at Screen Rant, so it’s great to see him involved in such an interesting project. To those who’ve read Grann’s book, what do you think of Cumberbatch’s casting? Is he the right fit for the role?

There’s currently no release date for The Lost City of Z, so stay tuned to Screen Rant as more information becomes available.

Source: Deadline