Gael Garcia Bernal to Lead ZORRO REBORN

Futuristic reboot has its lead.

20th Century Fox has tapped Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal (‘Babel,’ ‘The Motorcycle Diaries,’ ‘Y Tu Mamá Tambié’) to lead ‘Zorro Reborn,’ a futuristic reboot of the Spanish swordsman tale.

With a screenplay by Glenn Gers (‘Fracture’) and ‘Harker’ scribes Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, the reboot of the ‘Zorro’ mythology takes the masked avenger from his historical California or Mexico setting and places him in desolate post-apocalyptic world, with Garcia Bernal’s swordsman as a masked vigilante bent on revenge.

A rival project is in development over at Sony, which released two Zorro films starring Antonio Banderas. That project will be an origin story based on Isabel Allende’s 2005 novel ‘Zorro.’