7:39am PT by Tatiana Siegel
Andy Garcia Joins Live-Action Adaptation of Mattel's 'Max Steel'
Andy Garcia has joined the cast of Dolphin Films' live-action Max Steel, based on the popular superhero property from Mattel.
The actor joins Ben Winchell and Ana Villafane, who've already signed on for the film, which was penned by Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World). Garcia will play the brilliant and mysterious scientist Dr. Miles Edwards.
Stewart Hendler is directing Max Steel, which begins production Tuesday in Wilmington, N.C.
The origin story chronicles the adventures of 16-year-old Max McGrath (Winchell) and alien companion Steel, who must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the superhero Max Steel. As these two unlikely friends struggle to accept their oddly connected fates, they begin to uncover unimaginable secrets, working together to find the truth and fight the mysterious forces threatening their world.
Open Road Films will release Max Steel in 2015.
The film is being handled internationally by Dolphin Films International in partnership with IM Global.
Julia Pistor is producing for Mattel's Playground Productions.
"We're ecstatic to be working with legendary actor Andy Garcia," said Dolphin Films CEO Bill O'Dowd. "Dr. Miles Edwards is a very complicated character, and he is central to the entire mythology of Max Steel. The role requires a truly talented actor, and there is no one more qualified than Andy to tackle it."
Garcia’s recent work includes voicing the character of Eduardo in Rio 2. He currently can be seen starring as Big Al in Rob the Mob and later this year he will star in Let’s Be Cops from 20th Century Fox.