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Antonio Banderas might star in a film about the trapped Chilean miners

Antonio Banderas might star in a film about the trapped Chilean miners

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Antonio Banderas might star in a film about the trapped Chilean miners

Antonio Banderas could be starring in The 33, a film about the trapped Chilean miners.

The Spanish star is said to be in talks to join the big-screen version of the real-life story alongside Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro, reported Variety.

Antonio is tipped to play Mario Sepulveda, the charismatic and most high-profile miner of the group, who is known as 'Super Mario', while Rodrigo is expected to portray Florencio, the first miner to surface in the rescue.

Martin's role is being kept under wraps.

Directed by Patricia Riggen and written by Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera, the film would document the dramatic events of the miners' struggle for survival and the international rescue effort after they were trapped for 69 days underground in 2010.

The film - which will be the official version of the tale - has been developed in collaboration with the miners, the rescuers and their families after producer Mike Medavoy bought the miners' rights in 2012. It follows Spanish director Antonio Recio's 2010 film The 33 Of San Jose.

Production on The 33 is expected to begin in Chile in the autumn, once the film has secured investment at the Cannes Film Festival.

Antonio, who has a cameo in Pedro Almodovar's comedy I'm So Excited!, will next be seen in Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills and will lend his voice to 3D animation Justin And The Knights Of Valour. The 52-year-old, who is married to actress Melanie Griffith, is also rumoured to appear in The Expendables 3 alongside Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Jet Li.

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