Taking on another real-life role, Carlos star Edgar Ramírez will play Simón Bolívar in the biopic Libertador. Danny Huston, María Valverde, Imanol Arias and Billy Elliot‘s Gary Lewis also star. Venezuelan helmer Alberto Arvelo, who directed Ramírez in his last feature Cyrano Fernandez, is working from a script written by Children Of Men scribe Timothy J. Sexton.
Bolívar was instrumental in Latin America’s struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire. Told from his point of view, the film traces his quests, epic military campaigns and vision to unify South America.
L.A. Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who’s also the artistic director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, is scoring the Spanish, French and English-language pic. Winfried Hammacher and Ana Loehnert are producing. Exec producers are Ramírez and Christer von Lindequist, who is also handling worldwide sales. A Spanish-Venezuelan co-production, Libertador is produced by Spain’s San Mateo Films and Venezuela’s Producciones Insurgentes in association with Germany’s WMG Films and Loehnert’s LA and Madrid-based Silver Screen Inc.