Gael GarcÃa Bernal may not be the most familiar face, but he is signing on to a project that will hopefully make him more of a household name. New reports confirm that the actor will now play the swashbuckling hero Zorro from JonÃ¡s CuarÃ³n, son of Gravity‘s Alfonso CuarÃ³n, in the reboot simply titled Z.
More on the story below.
GarcÃa Bernal has been attached to the project since 2012, when the project saw Zorro take place in a post-apocalyptic future. However, the idea never really seemed to take off, and when CuarÃ³n climbed aboard earlier this year with his own script, there was a complete overhaul. But as confusing as it sounds, Deadline says that Z is set in the near future and will be reimagined for a new audience.
Here’s what producer Mark Amin had to say about the casting,
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.
GarcÃa Bernal is best known for his starring role in Y Tu MamÃ¡ TambiÃ©n. He has also appeared Jon Stewart’s Rosewater, The Motorcycle Diaries, Babel, and Amores Perros. The actor recently won a Golden Globe for his performance in Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle.
JonÃ¡s CuarÃ³n co-wrote the screenplay for Gravity with his father Alfonso CuarÃ³n. He also directed the film’s spinoff short, Aningaaq. CuarÃ³n made his directing debut on Year of the Nail, and has most recently come off directing Desierto, which stars GarcÃa Bernal. Desierto won the Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. The film is expected to his American soil later this year.
No word yet on when Z is scheduled to be released, but it is expected to start shooting at Pinewood Dominican Republic studios this fall.