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Antonio Banderas to star in Chilean miners' film The 33

Antonio Banderas

Story by Jack Foley

ANTONIO Banderas is to star in The 33, a new film based on the true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were rescued after being trapped for 69 days in 2010.

The casting was announced by the film’s producer, Mike Medavoy, at Cannes on Sunday, when it was also revealed that shooting on the film is due to commence in the autumn on location in Chile.

In addition, Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro are have been added to the ensemble cast.

Patricia Riggen (La Misma Luna) was attached to direct last year.

According to Variety, Banderas will play the role of Mario Sepulveda, a charismatic miner known as ‘Super Mario’, while Santoro will play Florencio, the first miner to surface in the rescue.

The film, which is based on a script by Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera, is a dramatisation of the events surrounding the mine’s collapse and the international effort to rescue them. The rescue was eventually watched by more than 1 billion viewers world-wide.

In addition to the film, journalist and author Hector Tobar is writing the official book on the miners’ story, which will reportedly reveal previously undivulged details, including specifics on the miners’ first 17 days of entrapment before they had any contact with the outside world.

Banderas will be seen next in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills.

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