Cannes: Olga Kurylenko Joins Adam Driver in 'Don Quixote'

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"Thank God for 'Star Wars,' Adam Driver is bankable," says Terry Gilliam on finally moving ahead on his long-gestating project, now set to shoot in October.

Terry Gilliam revealed that Olga Kurylenko will join Adam Driver and Michael Palin in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

The director was in Cannes to discuss the project, joking that he wanted to "get this film out of my life," at a press conference Wednesday, just days after Driver was announced to star.

Gilliam thanked Star Wars for giving his long-gestating film, which he famously tried unsuccessfully to make seven times between 1998 and 2014, a new lease of life.

"It's a funny thing. Along the way there have been so many versions of this story in my mind, and it changes with each cast," he said. "Finally we have the perfect cast. Driver is the guy I've been looking for all these years. Thank God for Star Wars, Adam Driver is bankable!"

Driver is set to play an advertising executive who Palin's Don Quixote believes is Sancho Panza, the central character from Miguel de Cervantes' 1605 novel. 

Gilliam also hinted that Johnny Depp, who was set to star in the failed 2000 version — the subject of 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha — could make a cameo appearance. "It has crossed my mind," he said.

Palin, the filmmaker also noted, was the only one of the Monty Python team he would work with.

"The others are old and miserable. Mike's the nice one," Gilliam said, adding that working with the Monty Python team for their 2014 reunion had been "impossible."

Alfama is producing The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and has been handling international sales rights in Cannes.

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