Remember that really uplifting story back in 2010 about the Chilean miners? The 33 miners in Chile who were trapped for sixty-nine days underground but all managed to survive? To not make it into a movie would be a crime, and today, Variety is reporting that Antonio Banderas, Martin Sheen, and Rodrigo Santoro (300) are set to star in The 33. Directed by Patricia Riggen (La Misma Luna) and written by Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera, the movie will dramatize the already dramatic events of the miners’ struggle for survival and the international rescue effort. Santoro will be playing Florencio, the first miner to surface in the rescue. Banderas will play the role of Mario Sepulveda, the charismatic miner known as “Super Mario.” I’m not sure how he earned this name, but presumably he got it from his ability to collect coins and devour giant mushrooms.
Last year, producer Mike Medavoy (Apocalypse Now) picked up the “miners’ exclusive life rights last year and developed the project in collaboration of the miners, the rescuers and their families. He had lived for a decade in Chile.” Production is set to begin in Chile this fall.