Antonio Banderas to Star in the Action-Crime Thriller “Clean Up Crew”

Antonio Banderas is cleaning up

The 61-year-opld will star opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Melissa Leo in the Yale Entertainment action-crime thriller Clean Up Crew from director Jon Keeyes.

Antonio BanderasThe Ireland-based production recently wrapped, and Yale’s recently-launched sales banner Great Escape, led by Nick Donnermeyer, will handle foreign rights and introduce the title at next month’s Toronto Film Festival.

The film follows a crime scene clean-up crew, which includes Rhys Meyers and Leo’s characters, who discover a briefcase full of cash, unknowingly sending them into battle with mobsters – led by a ruthless crime boss, played by Banderas, as well as hitmen, and corrupt government agents who are hell bent to get the dough back.

Clean Up Crew was written by Matthew Rogers.

“We’re excited to work with this legendary all-star cast on what will be an edge-of-your seat, action-packed film,” said Levine and Beckerman. “We’re certain that Jon Keeyes will deliver a uniquely thrilling cinematic experience.”

Banderas’ has been a frequent collaborator of award-winning Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, and starred in such works as the director’s Pain and GloryBanderas won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for that film, and was nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars.

He will next be seen starring with Penelope Cruz in the Spanish comedy Official Competition and returns as the voice of Puss in Boots in Dreamworks Animation’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.

Next year, he stars in the highly anticipated fifth installment of the Indiana Jones film.

Saban Films Acquires North American Rights to Paz Vega’s Action Thriller “American Night”

Paz Vega will be spending the Night in the United States…

Saban Films has acquired the North American rights to the action thriller American Night, starring the 45-year-old Spanish actress.

Paz Vega

The announcement comes ahead of the film’s debut at the Venice Film Festival, with plans to release it in theaters this fall.

The first feature from writer-director Alessio Della Valle is a neo-noir set in New York City’s corrupt contemporary art world, which stars Emile HirschJonathan Rhys MeyersVega, Jeremy Piven, Michael Madsen and more.

The film follows art dealer John Kaplan (Meyers) and Michael Rubino (Hirsch), the ruthless head of New York’s mafia, as they fight for money, art, power and love.

American Night hails from Martha Productions, Pegasus Entertainment, QMI and RAI Cinema. Martha Capello and Ilaria Dello Iacono produced the film, with Giorgio Ferrero exec producing.

“We look forward to working with Director Alessio Della Valle on his feature directorial debut American Night,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “His experiences travelling the world have equipped him with a unique perspective and make him such a gifted filmmaker.”

Paz Vega to Star in the Neo-Noir Thriller “American Night”

It’s a big Night for Paz Vega… 

The 43-year-old Spanish actress will star in American Night, a neo-noir thriller helmed by first-time film director Alessio Jim Della Valle.

Paz Vega

Vega, who rose to acclaim in the United States after starring opposite Adam Sandler in Spanglish, will star opposite Jonathan Rhys MeyersEmile Hirsch and Jeremy Piven in the film.

Written by Della Valle, the plot follows Michael Rubino (Hirsch) who has just become the Don of the New York Mafia, but his greatest dream is to devote his life to painting and become a great artist. John Kaplan (Meyers), an art dealer, may feel like his life is in shambles, but he still has the best eye for spotting fakes in the world. Their paths, apparently distant, cross when Andy Warhol’s Pink Marilynis stolen, setting off a series of unexpected events that upend their lives.

Vega will play Sarah, who works as a museum curator and has earned her success without any shortcuts. Her only problem is being hopelessly in love with Kaplan

Rounding out the cast are Fortunato CerlinoAnnabelle BelmondoMara Lane, and Alba Amira Ramadaniwith cameo appearances featuring Michael MadsenMaria Grazia CucinottaMarco Leonardi, and international popstar Anastacia, who is writing and performing the song and main musical theme for the film.

The film also features artwork by Andy Warhol, Mario SchifanoJeff KoonsAnnamaria BarbaroGotti BernhoftTullio CraliDavide Dall’OssoEmanuele GiannelliAnthony MomanKouhei NakamaAndrea Roggi, and Simon Thompson.

Vega’s previous credits include I’m So ExcitedMary of Nazareth, 10 Items or Less and Grace of Monaco.

Banderas to Star in “Black Butterfly”

Antonio Banderas is ready to flutter into theaters..

The 55-year-old Spanish actor will star in Brian Goodman’s sophomore film Black Butterfly alongside Piper Perabo and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Antonio Banderas

A remake of the French thriller Papillon Noir by Herve Korian, the script for the film was penned by Justin Stanley and Steve Hilts.

Banderas will portray Paul, a screenwriter with a bad case of writer’s block who befriends a grifter named Jack (Rhys Meyers). Perabo (Covert Affairs) is attached to play Laura, a real estate agent and love interest of Paul. After Paul invites Jack to stay with him in return for doing small tasks, the tables turn and Jack holds him hostage, forcing him to write a script. When Laura checks in on Paul, he takes her hostage as well. It soon becomes apparent that Jack may be a dreaded serial killer of young women that local police have been trying to track down.

Principal photography began shooting this month in the Monti Simbruini region of Italy, a favorite locale of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns. Production will continue in May in studios in Rome.

Banderas most recently starred in The 33 and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.