20th Century Fox has found its lead actor for Zorro Reborn. Variety reports that the studio has decided to cast Gael Carcia Bernal (Y Tu Mama Tambien, The Science of Sleep, Blindness) after a prolonged search. The project is planned as "a futuristic reboot of the Zorro mythology that will not be set in California or Mexico, despite the story's Western themes." Garcia Bernal would play "the Spanish swordsman as a masked vigilante bent on revenge."
Zorro Reborn was scripted by Glenn Gers, along with Harker scribes Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy. No director is currently on board the project, which is being produced by Mark Amin, Cami Winikoff, and David Higgins. Antonio Banderas was the most recent Zorro in Martin Campbell's The Legend of Zorro. Sony is also developing its own "origin story about the swashbuckling hero based on Isabel Allende's 2005 novel Zorro."
Garcia Bernal will next be seen opposite Will Ferrell in the Spanish-language comedy Casa de mi Padre and alongside Kate Hudson in A Little Bit of Heaven. This will be one of his biggest-budget features to date. I have liked him in just about everything. He has yet to star in an action film, which will be interesting to see. What are your thoughts?