The film tells the story of a young dreamer, born in the circus, who embarks on a search to find his long lost true love. An emotional journey from boyhood to manhood, from Mexico to the United States, the film is about hope, redemption and fate.
The Oscar-nominated actor, who next stars in the Paul Feig-directed Fox/Chernin Entertainment comedyThe Heat with Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, is also part of the ensemble of Machete Kills.
Principal photography will begin on Refugio this fall in the U.S. and Mexico.
The project, an adaptation of the Scandinavian series Bron, centers on two detectives from the United States and Mexico – El Paso Police Homicide Detective Sonya North (Kruger) and Marco Ruiz (Bichir) — who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Bichir’s character is described as a family man and one of the last good men in a corrupt and apathetic police force that is outgunned by the powerful drug cartels.
Jude Law and Richard E. Grant were already signed on to star in the revenge story. Law plays an eponymous larger-than-life safecracker who’s back on the streets of London after 12 years in prison and anxious to get some money in exchange for keeping his mouth shut. But things take a turn for the worse when he sets off to visit Bichir’s capo in the south of France.
Shooting is expected to start on October 15 in the south of France.
Bichir recently appeared in Oliver Stone’s Savageswith Benicio del Toro and Salma Hayek, and he’’ll next be seen in Robert Rodriguez’ Machete Kills with Sofia Vergara and Danny Trejo, as well as Paul Feig’s The Heatwith Sandra Bullock.