In her upcoming movie Sienna Miller plays the wife of Percy Fawcett, a famed British Explorer in the early 1900s who mysteriously disappeared while on a mission to discover of a lost civilization in the Amazon.
The story is one that has sparked a cult obsession and one in which Miller was intrigued by when director James Gray brought it to her attention. “I had never heard about the story of Percy before. I had met director James Gray about seven years ago for this project and then had read the book before I read the script. Then I began intrigued and if you look online and research him there are so many theories about what actually happened to him and there’s a huge community of people who are obsessed about his story.”
The Lost City of Z tells the true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as savages, the determined Fawcett supported by his devoted wife (Miller), son (Holland) and aide de camp (Pattinson) returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.
“I loved playing a woman throughout the span of her life,” Miller told media of her character Nina Fawcett. “I really wanted women to feel her frustration and what she went through. The women like her who were suffragettes and agents of change, not only was she raising children she was sacrificing her life for her husband.”
Miller said that her onscreen husband, Hunnam, was great to work with and was impressed by his level of dedication. “He’s very lovely and was very committed. He knew everything about this. To be around that level of commitment was inspiring,” she says.
Hunnam’s commitment is also making waves in the press sparking debate about the perils of going too “method.” (Hunnam has revealed that he ignored his longtime girlfriend for months, with no communication.) But as part of the cast, Miller says was it was impressive.
“He was very method in an amazingly impressive way,” Miller told ETonline. “He was starving himself half the time, he didn’t speak to his [girlfriend] at all, and she’s amazing. But he really buried himself into it and he has an intensity and I think it really resonates in the film but we had a lovely time because our dynamic in the film is lovely.”
The Lost City of Z opens in theatres on April 14.