Demian Bichir Starring in Earthquake Thriller '7:19' (Exclusive)

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Mexican filmmaker Jorge Michel Grau is directing the film, which is now shooting.

Oscar-nominated actor Demian Bichir will star in 7:19, the suspense thriller set around the deadly 1985 earthquake in Mexico City.

Mexican filmmaker Jorge Michel Grau, who wrote and directed We Are What We Are (Somos lo que hay), is directing the film, which is now shooting in Mexico.

Written by Grau and Mexican novelist Alberto Chimal, the story, set during the earthquake that hit the Mexican capital 30 years ago, centers on a politician, Martin Soriano (Bichir), and a night watchman, Fernando Pellicer (Hector Bonilla), who are caught in the lobby of a building where they work when nine stories come crashing down on them.

The film is being produced by Mayra Espinosa Castro of Velarium Arts, Daniel Birman Ripstein of Alameda Films and Monica Lozano of Aebrije Cine and Video.

Grau's 2010 cannibal horror film, We Are What We Are, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010, established him as a fresh voice in the genre world, and kicked his career into high gear. An English-language remake of his film was directed by Jim Mickle, and starred Julia Garner and Ambyr Childers. He's repped by Paradigm and Grandview.

7:19 marks Bichir’s first Spanish-language movie since his Oscar nod for his work in 2011’s A Better Life. He also recently starred in FX series The Bridge. His other film credits include Machete Kills, Savages and Dom Hemingway. He’ll next be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Universal’s Low Riders. He’s repped by CAA.