Ahead of the premiere of The Lost City of Z in cinemas this week for April 14, stars Sienna Miller and Tom Holland sat down with Collider to talk about the biographical action adventure title. Years in the making and having gone through a number of alterations over the journey, Miller explained that she was just happy that the project finally made its way into the cinema.
"James (Gray director) and I - he was someone who was on a list of filmmakers that I wanted to work with," she remarked. "So my agents very cleverly put us together when he was going to put this movie together 8 or 9 years ago with Brad Pitt playing Percy. So I met James and he offered me the part there and then. So I've been attached because I've wanted to work with him for a long long time. It's gone through many iterations since then. But I'm really glad we finally made it with this group and I'm very proud of it as a film."
Miller: I'm Not Going To Be Your Stale Housewife
Going back to as early as 2009 when the story of Colonel Percy Fawcett was on the verge of production, Miller was adamant that her role would be a strong female presence. Keeping in touch with director James Gray, that idea never shifted.
"I'm not sure about the changes in the script. You know my character was made a little more significant. It was very important to me and James that she wasn't someone who was just left at home," she argued. "She wasn't just a wife, you know I didn't have any interest in playing that. So she has her own soul. James graciously opens and ends the film on her. There was a struggle to make her significant and in the hands of the wrong filmmaker I think she would have been sidelined, but he honored her."
From Amazon To Doctor Strange - Holland's Skyrocketing Career
While Tom Holland stars alongside Charlie Hunnam as Jack Fawcett, the Englishman has been jumping from one blockbuster to the next as he gears up for Spider-Man: Homecoming. But another film in the form of Shane Carruth's adventure epic The Modern Ocean has the 20-year old even more excited.
“I love Shane’s movies, I think he’s a great director; Primer and Upstream Color are awesome," he said. "That is I think the best script I’ve ever read. It’s the craziest idea for a movie ever; it’s so cool. I actually keep meaning to get my agents on the phone to talk about it, to try and see if we can kick it up again. But not I’m still attached to it I guess, but I hope we get to make it in the future.”
The Modern Ocean has stalled in development since 2015 after announcing a stellar cast that boasts Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, and Anne Hathaway.