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‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ First Trailer: Terry Gilliam’s Fantastical Vision Is 20 Years in the Making

Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce lead Gilliam's passion project, which is rumored to be a contender for Cannes this year.

"The Man Who Killed Don Quixote"

“The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”

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Just when you were losing hope that Terry Gilliam’s 20-year passion project “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” would never see the light of day, the first international trailer has debuted to prove once and for all the movie exists and is ready for a theatrical debut. Gilliam started work on “Don Quixote” in 1998 and it arrives two decades later with Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver in the lead roles.

Pryce plays a delusional older man who is convinced he is the real Don Quixote. After he confuses an advertising executive named Toby (Driver) for his squire, Sancho Panza, the two men set out on an unusual journey that slowly seduces Toby into Don Quixote’s illusionary world. The trailer makes it clear this is one of Gilliam’s most wild and fantastical visions yet as he blends the 21st and 17th centuries. Olga Kurylenko and Stellan Skarsgård co-star.

“Don Quixote” is rumored to be a contender to debut at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, although the film still faces a potential legal battle that could delay its release. Producer Paulo Branco was attached to the film years ago before cutting ties with Gilliam, who was forced to find additional funding to finish the movie. Branco claims he still owns rights to the movie and Gilliam can’t premiere it without his permission.

Amazon Studios is handling U.S. distribution for the film. Watch the first international trailer below.

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