The harrowing and inspiring story of the Chilean mining disaster in 2010 is finally being made into a film. Drama can’t make up stories like the one that unfolded over 69 days underneath the earth and created 33 heroes out of the men trapped beneath the earth struggling for survival. Last year, the rights to the miners’ story was bought by producer Mike Medavoy (Apocalypse Now) who has been developing the film – entitled The 33 – of the rescue attempt necessitating international cooperation with the miners themselves, the rescuers and their families.
According to Variety (via Collider) Antonio Banderas, Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro (300) have been cast for the film, which is due to start filming next fall in Chile. Santoro will play Florencio, the first miner to exit the mine through the small capsule, and Banderas will be playing the most prominent miner, Mario Sepulveda or “Super Mario”, who made his exit from the mine with flare, beginning the chanting that continued with every successful rescue. There has been no confirmation on Sheen’s character.
The 33, with a script written by Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera and to be directed by Patricia Riggen (La Misma Luna), will detail the events of the accident leading to the rescue operation, the main bulk of the film focusing on the miners survival story underground.