Antonio Banderas & More Join Chilean Miner Disaster Drama 'The 33'
It's been nearly three years since the headline-making Chilean miner accident captivated millions around the world as an international effort was made to save 33 miners who became trapped in a copper and gold mine, half a mile beneath the surface, for 69 dyas. More than a billion people tuned in to the 24-hour coverage of the rescue effort, and it was only a matter of time before a film chronicled the disaster. Shortly after the rescue, Javier Bardem was said to be involved with a film about the event, but now Variety has word Antonio Banderas will lead The 33 as Mario Sepulveda, who came to be known as “Super Mario.”
Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro (300, The Last Stand) are also part of the film from writers Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera and director Patricia Riggen (Under the Same Moon) will be at the helm. Producer Mike Medavoy (who worked with Sheen on Apocalypse Now) worked with the miners, the rescuers and their families to put the ensemble story together, so this should be an accurate look into the time these people spent trapped and those who worked so hard to rescue them. Considering how far this news story reached across the world, this has the potential to be a big international box office sensation.