Jack O’Connell Cast in Terry Gilliam’s Forever in Development Don Quixote Film

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

After years and years of false starts and rewrites and complete overhauls it seems like we may be a little closer to seeing Terry Gilliam’s version of Don Quixote up on the silver screen. Variety has reported that Jack O’Connell (300: Rise of an Empire) has officially signed on to the project in the Sancho Panza role.

O’Connell will play a commercials-director-for hire named Toby who reports to a job in Spain whereupon he meets a mysterious gypsy who represents Don Quixote. The Quixote character has yet to be cast officially.

In a deviation from previous drafts, this new version is reported to have the gypsy hand Toby a copy of his student film – which itself is a reworking of the classic Don Quixote story set in a Spanish village – and now the road trip takes them on a journey to find this village.

It’s said to be quite different from the version that Johnny Depp had signed on for that saw his character transported back to the 17th century, as this all takes place in the here and now. That version itself was different from the original version which was to be a retelling of the tale. When that fell through, it became the excellent Lost in La Manch, a documentary about the making of Gilliam’s film as it all fell apart.

Gilliam keeps retooling the story and premise, adding things from his own life. He was quoted as saying that this is “about how movies can damage people.”

A lot of people give Gilliam a wide berth due to his films being superb. But even with current “IT” actor O’Connell on board this movie may have a hard time living up to all the hype that its garnered over the years.

The film has a release date of May 2016 earmarked. If we’ve learned anything from the history of this project though, it’s to expect the unexpected and don’t take any time frame as set in stone.

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