Antonio Banderas has accepted a miner role…
The 52-year-old Spanish actor has signed on to portray Mario Sepulveda, aka Super Mario, in The 33, the feature version of the saga of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days in 2010.
Half-Spanish actor Martin Sheen and Brazilian star Rodrigo Santoro are also joining the ensemble cast.
Mike Medavoy, who spent 10 years in Chile, secured the miners’ exclusive life rights last year and developed the project in collaboration with the men, their rescuers and their families.
Mexican filmmaker Patricia Riggen, who helmed La Misma Luna, will direct the film
Production is scheduled to begin in the fall.