EXCLUSIVE: Gael García Bernal and Jonás Cuarón are coming together again — this time for the reboot of Zorro in a film entitled Z. Cuarón’s Desierto, which stars García Bernal, will be released by STX Entertainment later in the year. The new pairing on Zorro is being brought to Cannes after Cuarón introduced the project at Berlin earlier this year. It is written and will be directed by Cuarón and is eyeing a fall start at the Pinewood Dominican Republic studios.
García Bernal, who won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in his role in the Amazon series Mozart In The Jungle, was also in The Motorcycle Diaries and Babel. Set in the near future, Z re-imagines the classic legend based on the beloved masked swashbuckler. The picture is being done as a co-production between Lantica Pictures and Mark Amin’s Sobini Films. It will be financed by Lantica Media and sold internationally by Pantelion Films at the upcoming Cannes film market.
“I have always loved Gael for this role,” said Amin, who is producing with Lantica’s Albert Martínez Martín. “Zorro is a hero who is charming, witty and clever. Gael possesses all those characteristic and he’s able to deliver them with a modern spin to introduce the Zorro character to a new audience.”
Cami Winikoff is executive producing.
Pantelion’s president of international sales Anne-Marie Ross will present the film to buyers at Cannes.