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Jennifer Lopez joins Chilean miner film The 33

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Story by Jack Foley

JENNIFER Lopez has joined the cast of Chilean miner film The 33.

The actress and singer will line up alongside Antonio Banderas in the true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were rescued after being trapped for 69 days in 2010.

The role marks Lopez’s first big-screen appearance since starring opposite Jason Statham in action-thriller Parker.

Patricia Riggen (La Misma Luna) is directing the film, which is based on a screenplay written by Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera. Production is scheduled to begin in the autumn on location in Chile.

Martin Sheen and Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro also have boarded the ensemble film, which is being produced by Mike Medavoy.

The Chilean miners made world-wide headlines after becoming trapped half a mile beneath the Earth’s surface.

Banderas is playing the role of Mario Sepulveda, the charismatic miner nicknamed ‘Super Mario’, while Sheen will play a miner’s father and Santoro is tackling the role of a trapped miner. It has not yet been revealed which role Lopez will play.

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