Jennifer Lopez will co-star with Antonio Banderas in the movie “The 33” based on the true story of the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days in 2010. While it is not clear what Lopez’s role in the movie will be, the Latina will surely bring it. Lopez last starred opposite Banderas in “Bordertown” back in 2006, a film inspired by the true story of the numerous female homicides in Cuidad Juarez. The film will mark Lopez’s first big-screen role since starring opposite Jason Statham in this year’s action-thriller “Parker.”
Banderas will play the charismatic miner Mario Sepúlveda, who gained global recognition as the host of regular video journals sent to the surface by the miners, earning the nickname “Super Mario.”
It is hard to believe that it’s been more than 20 years since the sexy Spaniard stole our hearts here in the U.S. And not to mention Madonna’s; she was all over him in her Truth or Dare documentary, circa 1991. Banderas rejected Madonna because he “didn’t want to be Madonna’s boy. For good or for bad, I just wanted to have my own career.”
“The 33” is the official version of the miners’ story and will be directed by Mexican Patricia Riggen (“Under the Same Moon”). Mike Medavoy is producing the drama.
The rescue of the 33 miners, who were trapped more than half a mile underground, was watched on TV by more than a billion people worldwide.
Also starring in the movie is Martin Sheen, who will play a miner’s father and Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro who will play a trapped miner. The movie will start shooting in the fall in Chile, according to Variety.