According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Lopez will join Antonio Banderas in the Chilean miner drama “The 33.” Lopez will be joining Martin Sheen and Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro in the real-life story of the 33 trapped Chilean miners in the Atacama Desert in August 2010. Banderas is playing the role of Mario Sepulveda, the charismatic miner nicknamed “Super Mario.” Sheen will play a miner’s father, while Santoro will portray the role of a trapped miner.
In 2011, Mike Medavoy (“Black Swan,” “Shutter Island,” “All the King’s Men”) nabbed the rights to the 33 miners story from a script written by Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera. The miners contributed to the script, providing new details about the 69 days they were trapped underground.
Ed McGurn will also be producing along with Chilean entrepreneurs Carlos Eugenio Lavín and Leopoldo Enriquez who will executive produce. “The 33” will be directed by Mexican filmmaker Patricia Riggen (“Under the Same Moon” and “Girl in Progress”.)
Production for “The 33” is scheduled to start filming in the fall in Chile. This will mark Lopez’s first big-screen performance since “The Parker”, her action thriller with Jason Statham.