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It’s been a while since Viggo Mortensen showed off his sultry Spanish speaking skills. His last Spanish-speaking role was in Alatriste, six years ago, this year the Danish-American actor stars in Ana Piterbarg’s Todos Tenemos un Plan. The trailer quietly surfaced on the web a few days ago. Mortensen co-stars with Soledad Villamil, Daniel Fanego, Sofia Gala Castiglione and Javier Godino. The bonus: Mortensen plays twins, so there’s plenty of Mortensen to go around.
The synopsis goes like this: Mortensen plays Augustin, a disillusioned man living in Buenos Aires. Upon the death of his identical twin brother Pedro, Augustin sees the perfect chance to start over. He assumes his dead brother’s identity, and goes to live in the Tigre Delta region of Argentina where the brothers spent their childhood. But Augustin has no idea of Pedro’s past involvement in the criminal underworld, and finds himself inheriting a dangerous and corrupt life that he thought would bring him fulfillment.
The film will open in Argentina and Denmark in late August. No U.S. release date has been announced.
In other news, George Clooney is set to direct Comandante, an action-drama based on William Alexander Morgan, a U.S. citizen who fought in the Cuban Revolution alongside Che Guevara. The two aided Fidel Castro in overthrowing Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Clooney will co-produce the Focus Feature film with his Smokehouse partner Grant Heslov. Fans of Clooney will have to wait a full year to see the star on the big screen in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity. He also produced Ben Affleck's upcoming political drama Argo, in theaters this fall.
Earlier this year Antonio Banderas announced his latest acting gig as Pablo Picasso in Carlos Saura’s 33 Days. According to Variety, 33 days refers to the time Picasso spent on his masterpiece mural Guernica, which captured his reaction to the destruction of Basque town of Guernica in 1937 by the Nazi Luftwaffe during the Spanish Civil War.
Picasso "is a character that has pursued me for a long time and I always rejected,” said Banderas to Spanish newspaper El Pais. “He deserves a lot of respect. I was born four blocks from where he was born.”
Banderas was born in Malaga-Andulucia, Spain, just a few blocks away from Picasso's birthplace.
“If you grew up in Malaga and were even a little creative, you ended up under the enormous shadow of his talent. I know I did,” said Banderas to Aspen Speak Magazine. “Picasso made everybody in that region think deeply about what they could contribute, what talent they had inside, whether or not they had the stuff of greatness."
The film will chart Picasso’s emotional struggle as he worked to complete Guernica. The French and Spanish language production will begin filming next summer in Paris and Guernica.
According to the Daily Screen, there’s another Fidel Castro movie in the works, Castro’s Daughter. The film’s producers are eyeing Banderas to play Castro. The script is based on Alina Fernández‘s book Castro's Daughter, An Exile's Memoir of Cuba, which gives viewers an inside look at the father-daughter dynamic between Castro and Fernández.
The film will be directed by Michael Radford and was written by Bobby Moresco (Crash).
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