Antonio Banderas will portray “Super Mario” in an upcoming film. No, it’s not a Super Mario Bros. reboot, but a film about the 33 Chilean miners who became trapped for over two months back in 2010.
Mario Sepúlveda (aka “Super Mario”) is considered the public face of the 33 men. That is, according to 33miners.com, a blog chronicling the activities of the men after being rescued.
The film is called “The 33,” and is expected to be released in 2014. It’s being directed by Patricia Riggen, whose previous work includes: Girl in Progress, Lemonade Mouth, Revolución (segment “Lindo y querido”), Under the Same Moon, Family Portrait (documentary short) and The Cornfield (short).
The film’s description (IMDB) is simply: “Thirty-three miners are trapped in a collapsed mine shaft for more than two months.”
The 33 is written by Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera. Alanne’s writing credits include 5 Days of War, History Undercover: Terror Strikes Moscow, Voice of Dissent (documentary short), Breaking Dawn (short) and Sleep, the Monster Whispered (documentary short). Rivera’s include On the Road, Letters to Juliet, The Winged Man (short), The Tape Recorder (short), Trade, The Motorcycle Diaries, and The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story, to name a few. He also did an episode of Family Matters.
Leopoldo Enriquez and Carlos Eugenio Lavin are serving as executive producers and Edward McGum and Mike Medavoy are producers. Carla Hool is responsible for casting.
The addition of Banderas as Super Mario was announced at the Cannes Film Festival.