Gael Garcia Bernal has flown under the mainstream radar for years, though many including myself have seen him perform admirably in independent films like The Science of Sleep, Amores Perros and as the unforgettable villain in Blindness. His low profile may soon be an afterthought when he stars opposite of the world's funniest man, Will Ferrell in the Spanish language comedy Casa de Mi Padre. But it's also his upcoming role as the iconic masked swordsman Zorro in Zorro Reborn that will launch his street cred through the roof and into Hollywood A-list type status. You'll see...
Zorro Reborn is in fact a reboot of the Antonio Banderas led Zorro, though in character only. This will be an origin story of the masked swashbuckler, which is to be expected with a new big screen go around. However, he'll also be fighting for revenge on a new post-apocalyptic landscape, which is something way out of left field compared to past Zorro ventures. Let's just call it a new, interesting take on a classic tale.
The script, which has been written by Glenn Gers (Fracture), Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy (the pair who just penned the next Dracula flick Harker), doesn't have a director attached yet. So, 20th Century Fox has some of the necessary pieces in place, minus the director and production starting date.
There are a few interesting variables to ponder in the mean time: Gael Garcia Bernal as Zorro. Will it work? A new post-apocalyptic setting to place the character in, I'm thinking this ends up looking a lot like The Book of Eli. Plus, we must still erase the images from the most recent Zorro films from of our minds.