Jennifer Lopez and Antonio Banderas re-team again for “The 33,” the worldwide story based on the Chilean miner incident from 2010. The last time the two were in the same film, it was Bordertown (2006).
What was supposed to be a TV movie became a bigger event when Banderas decided to star in it months ago.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Martin Sheen (of Spanish descent) and Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro also have boarded the ensemble film. Mexican helmer Patricia Riggen, who directed the surprise indie hit “La Misma Luna” is directing from a screenplay written by Oscar nominee, Puerto Rican Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries, On the Road). Production is set to begin in the fall in Chile.
The drama, based on the true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were rescued after being trapped for 69 days in 2010 has Banderas playing the role of Mario Sepulveda, the charismatic miner nicknamed “Super Mario.” Sheen will play a miner’s father, while Santoro is tackling the role of a trapped miner.
No word on what role Lopez will have, but as soon as we know, you’ll know.