Soto joins cast of 'Mortadelo'


MADRID -- Television comic actor Eduard Soto will star as Mortadelo in Miguel Bardem's "Mortadelo and Filemon," producer Antena 3 said Thursday as it revealed details of the much-anticipated project.

Pepe Viyuela will play his bumbling counterpart Filemon, a role he returns to from "The Great Adventures of Mortadelo and Filemon," directed by Javier Fesser in 2003.

The $13 million feature, based on the classic comic book series depicting the clumsy antics of hapless secret agents, is a co-production between Antena 3's production wing, Ensueno Films, and Spanish production outfit On Pictures.

Shooting will begin April 23 in Madrid.

Spain has produced no fewer than 24 movie versions of the characters, the most recent being Fesser's blockbuster, produced by Peliculas Pendelton and Sogecine.