Gael Garcia Bernal has been cast as Zorro in a forthcoming reboot of the swashbuckling franchise.
It will be the most mainstream role yet for the hugely talented Mexican actor, whose previous credits include Amores Perros, Babel, Motorcycle Diaries and Bad Education.
Bernal was originally cast as Zorro back in 2012, when Fox was developing the project under the title Zorro Rebornas, but for various reasons he never donned the famous mask.
In finally doing so, he will become the first to play Zorro since Antonio Banderas last took on the role in 2005’s The Legend of Zorro.
Banderas also starred in 1998’s The Mask of Zorro, together with Anthony Hopkins.
The latest film, titled Z, will be directed by Gravity screenwriter Jonas Cuaron, son of filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Children of Men and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).
“I have always loved Gael for this role,” producer Mark Amin said, speaking of Bernal’s casting. “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.”
Bernal visited Edinburgh in the summer of 2009 with his close friend, compatriot and co-star Diego Luna when the riotous comedy flick Rudo & Cursi received its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The pair played footballing brothers in the film.
Guadalajara-born Bernal recently won a Golden Globe for his role in Amazon’s Mozart In The Jungle.