Ewan McGregor has replaced Johnny Depp in Terry Gilliam’s newest attempt to bring his film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote to life. The last attempt was turned into the documentary Lost in La Mancha in 2002. Pretty much anything and everything went wrong, but hopefully Gilliam will have better luck this time.
The film stars Robert Duvall as Don Quixote and Ewan McGregor as a 21st Century advertising executive who travels back in time to 17th century Spain. There the ad exec will join Quixote on his adventures.
Empire has reported the new casting news and spoke to Gilliam:
“Robert Duvall is one of the greats, no question – and he can ride a horse!” laughed Gilliam. “And Ewan has gotten better over the years. He was wonderful in The Ghost. There’s a lot of colours to Ewan that he’s not been showing recently and it’s time for him to show them again. He’s got a great sense of humour and he’s a wonderful actor. He’s wonderfully boyish and can be charming – when he flashes a smile, everybody melts. He wields it like a nuclear bomb!”
This time around the budget has been nearly slashed in half. In 2000, Gilliam had a budget of $35 million and now has to make do with $20 million. Here’s hoping that he can bring his vision to fruition this time.