Years after the catastrophe, the film about the Chilean mining disaster is finally set to be released. The 33, acquired by Alcon Entertainment, will be released in the U.S. through Warner Bros. on November 13, 2015.
Variety reports that the film, directed by Patricia Riggen, will star Antonio Banderas, who portrays Mario Sepulveda, the man who hosted video logs to assure the media and the public that the miners were in fact surviving underground.
Juliette Binoche, Mario Casas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rodrigo Santoro, Gabriel Byrne, and James Brolin are also appearing in the film. The 33 will bring to the screen the story of the longest underground survival in history, in which 33 Chilean miners were trapped for 69 days and endured heat of 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mike Medavoy, a Chilean native for 10 years, developed the project with the miners, their families, and rescuers. Inspiration for the film also came from the script written by Miko Alanne, Craig Borten, and Michael Thomas.
The script was based off the screen story by Jose Rivera and the book Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. To stay true to what actually happened, the movie was shot in real working mines in Colombia and Chile.