Antonio Banderas to endure Chilean miners' ordeal in 'The 33'

Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro will be co-starring in a feature film recounting one of the most harrowing events of 2010, reports Variety magazine.

Antonio Banderas will star as the charismatic miner known as "Super Mario" in "The 33," a movie about the Copiapó copper/gold mine cave-in, in which 33 Chilean miners were trapped deep underground and eventually rescued after 69 days. This feature will be shot in Chile this fall by American-Mexican filmmaker Patricia Riggen, who made a name for herself in 2007 with "La Misma Luna" ("Under the Same Moon").

"The 33" is currently on offer at the 66th Cannes Film Festival's Marché du Film. Mike Medavoy, coproducer of "Shutter Island" and "Black Swan," is helming the project along with Ed McGurn and Good Universe.