Gael García Bernal will put on the mask and whip as he will portray the great “Californio” hero, El Zorro, in the saga’s new reboot. Z, directed by Jonas Cuarón -- the son and Gravity co-writer of Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón -- will be a little different, as it will be set in the near future instead of in the 19th Century.
García Bernal has been linked to the Zorro reboot ever since it was tentatively called Zorro Reborn; now, after almost a decade in the works, it’s finally being developed. Z is reported to start shooting later this fall in the Dominican Republic. Mark Amin and Albert Martínez Martín will produce the film, while Cami Winikoff, David W. Higgins, and Antonio Gennari are set to executive produce.
Golden Globe-winner and Mexican child star García Bernal has worked before with Cuarón in last year’s immigration thriller Desierto, about a group of people trying to cross the border from Mexico into the U.S. while being hunted by an armed and deranged vigilante played by Donald Trump Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Desierto debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and will, now, close the LA Film Fest on June 9, 2016. It will be released later this year by STX.
Z is not the only García Bernal film being presented to potential buyers at the Cannes Film Festival; Neruda -- a movie by Chilean director Pablo Larrain (The Club, Jackie) that tells the story of the poet’s witch hunt in the 1940s after he joined the Communist Party in Chile -- is also seeking stateside distribution at Cannes. García Bernal plays Oscar Peluchonneau, the inspector who is after Neruda, in the film.
García Bernal will also appear on the third season of his show, Mozart in the Jungle, in the French film Si tu Voyais son Coeur, in the German movie Salt and Fire and in the Mexican feature Me Estás Matando Susana. It’s pretty clear that saying the Mexican star is multitalented and multifaceted is quite the understatement.