Remember Fox’s futuristic reboot of Zorro? Well, in that case: Fox is doing a futuristic reboot of Zorro, entitled Zorro Reborn, which takes the classic character and places him in a post-apocalyptic setting, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. Harker writers Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy fashioned the script with Glenn Gers (Fracture), one that casts Zorro as “less a caped crusader for justice than a one-man vigilante force bent on revenge.” We learned this ten months ago; we now have a major development.
Variety now tells us that Amores Perros and Y Tu Mamá También star Gael García Bernal will be taking up the sword, cape and mask for Fox as the studio seeks a director. (Back in April, visual effects artist Rpin Suwannath was wanted for the job. That must have not panned out.) But, although not having someone behind the camera is obviously an issue that needs to be addressed – and, for this to turn out well, needs to be addressed soon - they’ve taken a big step in the right direction with their casting.
Bernal might not be the most traditional or typical choice for such a character, considering a certain lack of physicality on his part in his more than ten years as an actor – time that’s been spent flexing his thespian muscles, however. So, yeah, I’d be down for a Zorro that’s got some caliber behind the mask. Why wouldn’t you be?
Now, there’s the question of what happens to Sony’s own reboot of the character.
How could Bernal accommodate himself as Zorro?
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