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Benedict Cumberbatch is Ready to Explore 'The Lost City of Z'

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While rumor has it that Mr. Cumbersbumbers... Benedict Cumberbatch will shortly be heading to a galaxy far far away for J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII" project (cue the broody steam shower clip just because), it actually looks he might just be headed for another great beyond instead.

Per Deadline, Benny C. is in talks to star in the book-to-screen adaptation of David Grann's "The Lost City of Z," a journalistic narrative on British explorer Percy Fawcett's fated 1925 trek into the Amazon to find a mythical city he claimed to have encountered once before.

Cumby is said to be in talks for the central role of Fawcett, which Brad Pitt (who'll still produce the flick through his Plan B Entertainment house) was originally expected to play before headlining that other "Z" movie.

This news sort of revives the seemingly lost — pardon the pun — project, which had been relatively dormant since being picked up about five years ago.

As for Cumberbatch's suitability for the part, well, there are some questions about whether the 37-year-old can get mustachioed enough to pull off being a man 20 years his senior ...

... but really it's nothing a little CGI trickery can't handle, right?

An exact shooting date has not been set for "Lost City," so we can't rule out the "Star Wars" chatter on the basis of this alone, there are other reasons to take that talk with a grain of salt.

For example, most of the "reporting" on the Cumberbatch's supposed attachment to "Episode VII" has to do with an interview he did back in May with Total Film in which he blew a load of excitement over the prospect of being involved.

"I’ve already asked [J.J. Abrams] if I can be a lightsaber and we're in talks – about whirring sounds and the rates for the lights and everything," he joked. "I was much more connected to [Star Wars] as a kid, in the way that a lot of kids are because it's immediate storytelling, very simple – a beautifully, outrageously simple narrative in a way – and a wonderful three-act melodrama, opera. And I loved them. I really, really loved those films and I always wanted to be Han Solo." That's all, folks.

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