Cine Latino: What Are Antonio Banderas and Zoe Saldana Up To?

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Banderas Mines the Story

The remarkable rescue of 33 Chilean miners that occurred three years ago captivated the world’s attention; of course, it didn’t take long before Hollywood began planning to take the heart-wrenching, death-defying story to the big screen. A few years ago Academy Award-nominated producer Mike Medavoy  (Black Swan, Shutter Island) entered into an agreement with the miners and screenwriter Jose Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries), and last year hired director Patricia Riggen (Girl in Progress) to the helm the project. She recently told the Daily Star that Antonio Banderas will be starring in Los 33, but just whom he's playing is still unclear.

"Antonio Banderas will be part of our team of actors. We're very happy to have him in the cast. But he's just the first one confirmed. There will be many more," said Riggen.

The film will recount the events surrounding the mine's collapse and the subsequent rescue efforts, which culminated in the retrieval of all 33 miners after being trapped for 69 days half a mile beneath the surface.

Zoe Saldana, a Guardian?

It's no surprise that Zoe Saldana, who returns to the Star Trek franchise next month as Uhura, is in talks with Marvel Studios to play the green-skinned female lead in director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Saldana would play the last of a humanoid species exterminated by a race known as the Badoon, joining Chris Pratt as Star-Lord and Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer. Of course, we know she'll be playing a badass assassin thanks to those fierce fighting skills we saw in Colombiana.

In our interview with her a few years back, she pointed out the badass women who have influenced her career: "Sigourney Weaver, who can hold a gun the same way she can hold a stage. Linda Hamilton, when she played Sarah Connor, I was so inspired. I was such a little girl when I saw Terminator. Angelina Jolie, obviously. Jessica Biel, who is such a beautiful woman…”

Bonus: What would happen if Antonio Banderas took over Hollywood? Our friends at Fandango Cine figured it out.

 

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