Jennifer Lopez to Star in Chilean Miner Drama 'The 33' (Exclusive)

Jennifer Lopez
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Jennifer Lopez has signed on to join Antonio Banderas in the Chilean miner film The 33.

Mike Medavoy is producing the drama, based on the true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were rescued after being trapped for 69 days in 2010.

The film will mark Lopez's first big-screen role since starring opposite Jason Statham in this year's action-thriller Parker.

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Martin Sheen and Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro also have boarded the ensemble film, which was presented to foreign buyers at last month’s Cannes Film Festival. Good Universe is handling international sales.

Patricia Riggen (La Misma Luna) is directing from a screenplay written by Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera, with production scheduled to begin in the fall in Chile.

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In 2011, Medavoy nabbed the rights to the 33 miners, whose remarkable rescue from the San Jose Mine garnered headlines worldwide. The men were trapped half a mile beneath the Earth’s surface. Banderas is playing the role of Mario Sepulveda, the charismatic miner nicknamed “Super Mario.” Sheen will play a miner’s father, while Santoro is tackling the role of a trapped miner.

Ed McGurn also is producing. Chilean entrepreneurs Carlos Eugenio Lavín and Leopoldo Enriquez will executive produce.

Lopez is repped by CAA.

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