California’s famous masked swashbuckler, Zorro, is making his long awaited return to the big screen in a reboot that has cast Motorcycle Diaries star Gael Garcia Bernal in the title role.
It was announced last year that a new chapter in the characters film history was in the making, 16 years after Antonio Banderas last appeared as the mysterious hero in The Legend of Zorro – and now Gael Garcia Bernal is set to take over in a relaunched franchise co-produced by Lantica Pictures and Sobini Films.
The reboot will be directed by Jonas Cuaron, the son of Academy Award-winning director Alfonzo Cuaron, who will be making his mainstream directional debut, despite having already collaborated recently with Gael Garcia on independent drama, Desierto, due out later this year.
The yet untitled Zorro project will be up for sale at this year’s Cannes Film Festival that kicked-off earlier this week, and is likely to sell quickly due to the popularity of the character as well as the fact that the film has already secured it’s $40 million production budget.
Producers behind Zorro will be hoping that Gael Garcia‘s wide appeal, having recently won a Best Actor Golden Globe for his Amazon TV series Mozart in the Jungle, will help boost the film when it finally hits the global box office.