terry gilliam's found his don quixote

Terry Gilliam‘s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has been defunct for years, as chronicled in the documentary Lost in La Mancha. The film was the victim of every negative circumstance in the book, with the major one being casting. Over time, Don Quixote has been in limbo waiting for the opportunity to be made. Over at Empire, director Gilliam revealed that he’s found his Don Quixote and the film will go on as planned.

While out promoting his latest film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Gilliam let a major Don Quixote update slip.

“We’re up and running again, we’ve rewritten the script and finally got it back, the budget’s come in… and I think we’ve found our Quixote! But who’s it going to be? Well, I’m not going to tell you, but it’ll start next Spring.”

Who could it be?! The original actor cast in the part was Jean Rochefort. As a native of France he spent seven months learning English for the role, which was cut short by health complications. Johnny Depp was also set to star in the film, but he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with upcoming projects. It sounds like the director will be starting from scratch, which might be what this project needs.

Who do you think should play Don Quixote?