By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)
Gael García Bernal has been officially cast as swashbuckling hero Zorro in futuristic reboot Z.
Bernal was linked with a similar reimagining of the classic tale back in 2012 with a project titled Zorro Reborn. But while that picture could not get moving it has been somewhat resurrected thanks to the involvement of filmmaker Cuarón who is the son of Gravity helmer Alfonso.
In fact, Cuaron wrote the Gravity screenplay for his father and is now forging a successful feature filmmaking career of his own.
Not much is known about Z other than it’s set in a future which will no doubt be a crime ridden dystopia. Producer Mark Amin, who was also involved with Zorro Reborn, spoke to /Film about Bernal’s casting.
He said: “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.”
The 37-year-old Mexican actor made his name in films such as Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Amores Perros (2000), Alfonso Cuarón’s Y Tu Mamá También (2001) and Walter Salles’ The Motorcycle Diaries (2004).
He recently won a Golden Globe for his performance in Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle.
The actor succeeds Spaniard Antonio Banderas, who appeared as the sword wielding vigilante in The Mask of Zorro (1998) and The Legend of Zorro (2005), which collectively grossed over $392 million worldwide.
Production on Z starts this fall at Pinewood Dominican Republic studios.