Owen Wilson is the latest in a line of actors to be attached as a lead in writer/director Terry Gilliam’s unbelievably cursed passion project, THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE. Wilson is to play Toby Gorsini, an ad exec who is magically transported back to the 17th century and mistaken for Sancho Panza, Don Quixote’s squire.
The last actor to be linked to the role was Ewan MacGregor, who appears to have quietly dropped off of the project. The role was initially to be played by Johnny Depp opposite Jean Rochefort as Don Quixote, but Rochefort suffered an injury during the first part of filming. The set and equipment were then washed away by flash floods that destroyed all of the previously filmed material.
The tragic demise of the film was released as a standalone documentary called “Lost in La Mancha”, and Gilliam has been working to revive the project ever since. The Monty Python veteran is also producing the feature-length animated film “1884”, currently in development.
Robert Duvall is attached to play Don Quixote when the pic begins filming again.
Wilson is repped by UTA, Duvall by ICM, and Gilliam by Casarotto Ramsay and Associates.