‘Zorro’ Reboot Casts ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ Star Gael Garcia Bernal as the Masked Hero

     May 9, 2016


Meet your new Zorro! After landing Gravity screenwriter Jonas Cuaron, son of filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron, as the director to the futuristic Zorro cinematic reboot, Gael Garcia Bernal has been dubbed the new swashbuckling masked vigilante.

Bernal may not be the most instantly recognizable name, but he’s been around for some time with roles in The Motorcycle Diaries and the Amanda Seyfried-led rom-com Letters to Juliet. He played the lead role in Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater, and he walked up on the Golden Globes stage in 2016 to accept a best actor award for that Amazon series you probably didn’t see, Mozart in the Jungle. Hopefully folks will know his name after taking on the iconic hero.


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Deadline was the first to report the news and obtained a statement from one of the film’s producer Mark Amin gushing over Bernal’s charm:

I have always loved Gael for this role. Zorro is a hero who is charming, witty and clever. Gael possesses all those characteristic and he’s able to deliver them with a modern spin to introduce the Zorro character to a new audience.

This version of Zorro is said to be a re-imagining of the character as a swashbuckler traversing a near futuristic landscape, perhaps even a post-apocalyptic landscape if the initial reports are still correct. At one point, a report even described it as Dark Knight-esque, which is funny considering the Zorro tale served as inspiration for Batman. However, one would presume a few changes were enacted because the reboot bore the title Zorro Reborn when it was first announced last year and recent press releases simply refer to it as Z.

Production was originally eyeing a summer start time, though Deadline now reports Cuaron is looking to kick things off in the fall. Either way, we should expect more castings to be announced in the near future.

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