Antonio Banderas has been cast in The 33, a film about the Chilean miners.
Deadline reports that the Spanish actor is set to play Mario Sepúlveda, who became the public face of the 33 miners, who were trapped underground for a total of 69 days.
It seemed as though the entire world was captured by the 2010 Copiapó mining accident, which began on August 5, 2010 after a cave-in at the 121-year-old San José gold mine.
Known as “Los 33” (“The 33”), the men trapped underground was a mixed crew of experienced minders and technical support personnel. All were rescued after more than two months, mostly in good medical condition.
Now, 52-year-old Banderas along with Martin Sheen and Brazilian-born actor Rodrigo Santoro are set to star in the planned film, which will be helmed by director Patricia Riggen (who also directed the 2007 film La Misma Luna, starring Kate del Castillo and Eugenio Derbez).
Santoro will star as the group's second-in-command, Florencio Ávalos, who was the first miner selected to ride the rescue capsule to the surface in case of complications. No details have been given about Sheen’s role in the film.
Last year, film producer Mike Medavoy secured the miners’ exclusive life rights last year and worked with the rescued men, their rescuers and their families on this.
According to The Guardian, this film will be the official version of the Chilean miners’ story.
What do you think about the casting choice? Will you be watching The 33?