Banderas will take on the role of Mario Sepulveda, who became known as "Super Mario" for the energy and humor he presented in the video journals he and the other miners sent to reassure their families. Sepulveda was 40 at the time so that means his character is going to be aged up for Banderas who is in his 50s. Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries, On the Road) co-wrote the script, which will chronicle the 69 day ordeal which became headline news worldwide and was broadcast around-the-clock on many networks.
Filming on The 33 is set to begin this fall. Banderas will be seen later this year in Pedro Almodovar's I'm So Excited, and Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills.