Brad Pitt no longer starring in 'Lost City of Z.' Who should take his place?

Brad-PittImage Credit: Jon Furniss/WireImage.comBrad Pitt’s poor chin. The actor, who was reportedly growing this oft-ridiculed beard for his role as Col. Percy Fawcett in the adaptation of David Grann’s The Lost City of Z, has bowed out of starring in the picture, his rep confirms with EW. Pitt, who will continue to produce the picture with his production company, Plan B, was attached to topline the film, but had to drop out in order to film the zombie flick World War Z. (Despite reports, Pitt’s involvement in Cogan’s Trade has no bearing on the actor’s inability to star in Lost City of Z.) “Brad would have liked to do Lost City of Z,” his rep told EW. “Brad is passionate about [director] James Gray and producing this project and is committed to seeing Lost City of Z made this year.”

Well, shoot. This news — brought to you, apparently, by the letter Z — is disappointing, considering how 1) Pitt, a fine actor with experience in the outdoors, radiates the kind of stealth needed to play the explorer, who disappeared after trudging into the Amazon in hopes of locating a mysterious, hidden golden city, and 2) I can’t imagine that facial hair working for any other actor. (In fact, did Fawcett check the mysterious beard itself to see if that’s where Z has been hiding?) Since Pitt is out, however, let’s start brainstorming other possibilities. Christian Bale is always a good back-up, since the guy could convincingly play a carrot (not before the method actor plants himself in the dirt to get pecked by rabbits for several weeks, though), but reading Grann’s fascinating page-turner, I always pictured a more robust actor like Jeff Bridges, whose excitement is so contagious, you’d expect many less experienced poor souls to follow him into the Amazon. Or should it be a post-vacation Jon StewartBilly Gibbons? Who do you think should take over Pitt’s role as Col. Fawcett, PopWatchers?

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  • MCS

    Am I the only one who dislikes Christian Bale? It seems like the world loves him.

    • Jay

      I’m not in love with the guy personally, but I have to give credit where its due… he’s an excellent actor. The Batman movies dont do him any justice at all.

    • Mac

      Bale always seems to be trying so hard to play the role – it’s evident he is acting.

    • Janet

      Colin Ferrell should play Percy Fawcett.

  • tracy bluth

    I thought he shaved his hideous beard (Rob Lowe wore it better) for “Moneyball”?

  • Dicazi

    This was a cool book; didn’t know they were making a movie!

  • Jael Paris

    Hugh Jackman did a great job filling in for Pitt in The Fountain. Plus, I’d follow him into the Amazon any day.

    • Tico

      Possible replacements: Josh Brolin, Johnny Depp, Nathan Fillion, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinese.

  • Helen

    World War Z is seriously incredible, so anything that means the movie adaption will come out faster I am a fan of

    • Dicazi

      Wrong book.

  • SXiPPY

    What’s that dude’s name, Jeremy Renner? Or Clooney maybe, although a bearded George may make his panty-dropping stock plummet. Robert Downey Jr. would do go too, but he’s busy w/ “Sherlock Holmes 2″. Not sure who they’d get to play Fawcett’s son though.

    • Betty Draper

      Ooohhh, I too like the idea of Downey, Jr. Fawcett is charismatic, but a little deranged in Z. Downey could pull that off. Someone quirky like Jeff Bridges is also appealing. But my final vote is the ultimate eccentric: Viggo Mortensen! He would move to the Amazon, trek through the jungle, and then wrestle an anaconda on camera. Love it…

      • dee

        Great idea Betty, I think Viggo would be great.

  • The Devil

    “In fact, did Fawcett check the mysterious beard itself to see if that’s where Z has been hiding?”

    Come on, Kate, that was just corny.

  • JustMe

    Daniel Day Lewis. Fawcett was in his mid-40s. Bale’s just a tad too young.

    • MCS

      Bale is 36. Day-Lewis is 53. Neither are ‘exactly’ in the age bracket. In fact they are pretty much the same distance away from it.

      • Stacy

        Actually, Percy Fawcett was in his late 50s (58) at the time of his death – which is when most of the movie is supposed to take place. I think Daniel Day-Lewis is a great choice. God knows he’s certainly got the acting range for an epic movie. I like Christian Bale, but I’m not sure he could hold together a 3-hour extravaganza without the gadgetry and gimicks of a comic book superhero. If he could deliver that kind of performance I’d be all over casting him. But, rumors have him as a possible lead on another of Pitt’s Plan B properties – “Vlad,” which is about Vlad Tepes, aka Vlad The Impaler, and his brother who were separated in childhood and grew up to be on opposite sides of the war waged by the Ottoman Empire in modern day Hungary. Vlad also was the inspiration for Dracula. That’s a movie I’d much rather see Bale sink his teeth into.

  • reel_deal

    Kenneth Branagh

  • lac

    RDJ is too busy to do this film this year. Daniel Day Lewis or if they are bold Hugh Laurie.
    Great News that World War Z is still a go.

    • Stacy

      I started to suggest Hugh Laurie. I also like the idea of Christolph Waltz. He’s not British, but after seeing him in Inglourious Basterds I’m convinced he can do any accent or language he sets him mind to. If they decide to cast young and age the character, then I’d love to see someone like Michael Fassbender or James McAvoy in the role. There are just a ton of great British actors – that’s the biggest problem!

  • Tbh

    I don’t think he’s a fine actor at all. He has somethin i call constipation face. He looks like he is trying to push one out in most serious scenes. Plus i can watch him without associating all of his tabloid life . He is a tabloid star. Period!I would prefer it if brad Pitt bowed out of all possible starring roles tbh

    • Tbh

      I meant I can’t watch him. He has too much publicly known baggage.

  • Kirra

    clive owen anyone?

  • Levi

    Matthew Fox!
    He can grow a meannnn beard!

  • Kcat10

    NATHAN FILLION is the man for the job! Accept no substitutes! He’s a zombie slayer from way back! He loves the book World War Z! Yep, stop looking. Nathan is your best and only real choice!

    • Dicazi

      WRONG BOOK

  • jack

    COLIN FARRELL is PERFECT for the role

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