Antonio Banderas signs on for Chilean miners movie
May 22nd, 2013
01:30 PM ET

Antonio Banderas signs on for Chilean miners movie

The movie version of the 2010 Chilean mine collapse that trapped 33 workers for weeks has found a leading man.

Mike Medavoy recently announced at the Cannes Film Festival that Antonio Banderas is set to star in the movie.

According to Variety, the project will be called "The 33," as it dramatizes the story of the 33 mine workers whose entrapment over 69 days turned into a globally watched rescue effort.

Banderas, who will appear in this year's "Machete Kills," is signed up to play Mario Sepulveda, the miner known as "Super Mario."

Medavoy, who lived in Chile for 10 years as a kid, acquired the rights to the miners' story in 2011. He said at the time that he, like "millions of people around the world, was completely engrossed watching the rescue," and that "at its heart, this is a story about the triumph of the human spirit and a testament to the courage and perseverance of the Chilean people."

"Motorcycle Diaries" screenwriter Jose Rivera has written the script for "The 33" along with Mikko Alanne.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Had one of those bandares fantasys again

    May 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pliny

    This man gives me an E-rection.

    May 24, 2013 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. Xanax

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    What would you suggest about your publish that you just made some days ago?
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    May 24, 2013 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. As my cousin said the other night......Bandares is the focus in the movie

    daz it.

    May 23, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. In shock.

    Antonio surprised me.

    May 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shut up, hackers...


    May 23, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Was told recently anyway but blogging is informative anyway

    stunned for a bit now.

    May 23, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Stunned


    May 23, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. POo

    Take a big shiz, take a big shiz, take a big shizzy shazam, YEAH (repeat X 4)

    May 23, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Margarita


    May 23, 2013 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. Carmen Sandiego

    Ok, where the hell am I?

    May 23, 2013 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
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    May 22, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. They need the chance too try or they will not know..

    May 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Antonio does not know what will happen with that one yet


    May 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TJ

    Glad to hear that they didn't give the part to a white dude. ATTENTION HOLLYWOOD: There is an abundance of black, latino, asian and native americans out there who are fully capable of portraying a lead role in a film. Just give them a chance!!

    May 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmer

      Nobody would go see the movie. Unless it's Denzel. Then they might go see it.

      May 23, 2013 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • jimmer

      Hollywood makes movies that they think people want to see.

      May 23, 2013 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • ※Sadie※

      Is there really a need to make a movie out of that tragedy? I could see a made for tv movie, but a movie for the theaters? I watched a lot of that on the news. I just don't see the concept as a big block buster. Not only that, we already know how it will end.

      May 23, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Agreed

      We all know how the Bible ends, yet they still made a stupid mini-series about it.

      May 23, 2013 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  16. Spanish guys can really girate...if you know what i mean.


    May 22, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Teddy Night..


    May 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Teddy

    I know him! He was the puss in that boots movie.

    May 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  19. No this is more like it...hubba hubba...antonio

    latino guys are hot

    May 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  20. M.A.P.

    IT looks like MR Bean has had some work done.

    May 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |

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