THE hunt for the new Don Quixote has led director Terry Gilliam to English actor Jack O’Connell.
Gilliam had originally approached Hollywood A-lister Johnny Depp about the role but has now turned to the 300 star to play Spain’s most famous knight.
This is Gilliam’s seventh attempt at producing an adaptation of Cervantes’ iconic novel and he is not willing to rest on his laurels until filming is complete.
The former Monty Python star has had to cancel various attempts to make the movie, the first in 1999 due to flash floods.
Later attempts had to be scrapped due to Spanish air force maneuvers and illness among key staff.
He said: “I’ve done it so many times, or not done it so many times, that I’ll believe it when I see it.”
Filming is scheduled to start in the new year with an initial release date of May 2016.