We have a couple of quick casting stories to report this morning. First up, Antonio Banderas will play Pablo Picasso in Carlos Saura‘s drama 33 dias (33 Days). Per Variety, the movie is “about the painter’s emotional turmoil as he worked on masterpiece ‘Guernica.’ 33 dias refers to the time Picasso spent on the mural, which captured his reaction to the destruction of Basque town of Guernica in 1937 by the Nazi Luftwaffe during the Spanish Civil War.” I would much rather see a biopic done in this fashion; taking a pivotal point of an artist’s life and putting all of the focus on that event rather than lumping it into a “greatest hits” narrative. The story will also show his relationship with his lover, French artist Dora Maar, and how the painting was Picaso’s “salvation.” Even though Banderas has done drama in the past, his recent turn in Pedro Almodovar‘s The Skin I Live In was powerful and deeply unnerving, and I can’t wait to see how he plays Picasso. Filming is set to begin next summer in Paris and Guernica.
Hit the jump for more casting news on the action flick The Tomb.
Jim Caviezel is set to square off against Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in the action movie The Tomb. Stallone is playing a man “framed and incarcerated in a prison of his own master design, and must now figure out how to break out,” while Schwarzenegger is an inmate “who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive.” Producer Mark Canton (Immortals) told The Mathew Aaron show [via JoBlo] that “Caviezel will be playing the role of the Warden of the prison in which Schwarzenegger & Stallone attempt to escape from.” I’m not sure how Caviezel is the right antagonist for these characters since it looks like he could be defeated by a stern gaze from Schwarzenegger or Stallone. Maybe it’s a brains-vs-brawn battle?
Schwarzenegger and Stallone will next be seen in The Expendables, which opens August 17th. Caviezel currently stars on the CBS series Person of Interest.