Robert Duvall slated to appear in Gilliam's second attempt at "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote"
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Published: 12/7/2009 6:22 PM
Print this article When director Terry Gilliam first attempted to film "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" it was an abysmal failure. The most successful thing to arise from the project was a documentary called "Lost in La Mancha" that detailed the obstacles the production encountered.
In the original attempt at the film, Jean Rochefort was slated to play Don Quixote, and Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis were set to co-star. The film was beset by so many mishaps and trials that it was never finished.
In the new version of the film, Robert Duvall will star as Don Quixote.
The story differs slightly from the well-known tale. The character Sancho Panza, who figures largely in the original story, is replaced early on in the film by Toby Grisoni, a modern-day business man who travels back in time.
The film is still in pre-production, but cinemablend.com reports that Gilliam is thrilled to have Duvall on board. "I just thought, if I can get Robert Duvall talking as he was on the phone with that kind of excitement and energy and childish enthusiasm, I thought, this is going to be great," he told the news source.
Gilliam has helmed other cult favorites like "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" which also starred Johnny Depp.
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