The futuristic Zorro reboot has officially enlisted a Golden Globe winner for the swashbuckling role of the legendary masked hero in director Jonas Cuaron’s Z.
According to Deadline, the movie has tapped Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) to don the iconic mask and cape in the titular role of Don Diego de la Vega, Spanish nobleman by day and masked outlaw by night. The project will reunite Bernal and Cuaron (son of Alfonso Cuaron) who’ve previously worked together on Desierto.
The character of Zorro was created by writer Johnston McCulley back in 1919 for pulp magazine All-Weekly Story and saw the original caped crusader defend the commoners and native people of California from various villains and the corrupt local authorities. Formerly titled Zorro Reborn, Z will be a reimagining of the classic stories, and instead of the 19th century, it will be set in the near future. Yep. You read that right.
A co-production between Lantica Pictures and Mark Amin’s Sobini Films, the film will be financed by Lantica Media and be sold by Pantelion Films internationally during the upcoming Cannes film market. Filming will take place in the Dominican Republic and is slated to start in the fall. Here’s what Amin had to say about the casting of Gael Garcia Bernal:
“I have always loved Gael for this role. 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.”
Having seen the actor in his award-winning role of maestro Rodrigo in Mozart in the Jungle (for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor earlier this year), I have to agree with Amin. Bernal has all the charm needed to play Don Diego de la Vega/Zorro. But what about you? Are you looking forward to a futuristic take on the legend of Zorro with Gael Garcia Bernal in the role of the black-clad hero?