Gael García Bernal Lands Lead in the New Futuristic 'Zorro Reborn'
Zorro in the Future? Apparently so. Word from Variety is that talented Mexican actor Gael García Bernal, who you've seen in Y Tu Mamá También, The Motorcycle Diaries, Science of Sleep, Babel, Blindness, Letters to Juliet and Casa de mi Padre coming up, has landed the lead as the masked vigilante in Zorro Reborn, now in development at 20th Century Fox. The project is apparently new futuristic version of Zorro (oh boy) that, they say, "will not be set in California or Mexico, despite the story's Western themes." So, on another planet then, or a spaceship? No director is set yet, but they've at least attached Bernal to star so far.
This new Zorro Reborn, which we've reported on before, comes from a script written by Glenn Gers with Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, of Harker. The Zorro character has been seen on the screen many times before since being created in 1919, most recently in The Legend of Zorro in 2005, and The Mask of Zorro before that. But never anything like a sci-fi Zorro. Variety says they found Bernal "after a prolonged search" for the lead in the new futuristic reboot. No other idea what exactly it's about and they oddly don't mention where it's taking place, besides not in California or Mexico. We'll keep a close watch on this as it develops.