Following countless trials and tribulations it seems that Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote could be back on; this follows news that Gilliam has found an actor to fill the boots of the film’s eponymous hero.
As reported by Collider, the star in question is none other than Robert Duvall. Although this news is somewhat in the rumour stages at the moment, Duvall – very much back on the scene following a striking supporting turn in The Road – has confirmed in a recent press interview that he is in the running for this role.
“I may work with Terry Gilliam next – if they get the money – to play Don Quixote de la Mancha,” he says, before adding that it would be, “totally amazing to work with Terry Gilliam. But, once again, the money. It’s so difficult to get the money.” When probed further Duvall gave the reason behind Gilliam possibly casting him in this film: “He saw me play a Cuban barber one time with Richard Harris and that’s what gave him the idea to cast me as Don Quixote.”
Gilliam’s previous attempt to adapt Miguel de Cervantes’ fantasy novel into a film was haphazard to say the least. Culminating in an aborted production back in 2000, all seemed lost for this adaptation, until now that is. If Duvall does, as the rumours suggest, pick up an Oscar for his performance in The Road, this could give the production of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote a push in the right direction. We live in hope.
SciFiNow will bring you more new on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’s troubled path to production in due course.