The 33 (American Mining Movie – 2015)

The 33 (Spanish: Los 33) is an upcoming Chilean survival drama film directed by Patricia Riggen and written by Mikko Alanne and José Rivera. The film is based on the real events of 2010 mining disaster in which a group of thirty-three miners were trapped in the San José Mine, in Chile. The film stars Antonio Banderas as Mario “Super Mario” Sepúlveda, who sent videos to the rescuers to notify them about the miners’ condition.


The upcoming film is based on the events of the 2010 Copiapó mining accident, also known as the “Chilean mining accident”. It is directed by Patricia Riggen and written by Mikko Alanne and José Rivera. Producer Mike Medavoy, who also produced Apocalypse Now, has worked with the miners, their families, and those involved to put the film together.[7] On August 13, 2014, it was announced that The 33 will be the first film to receive the Colombian Film Commission’s incentive includes 40% for film services and 20% for film logistics services of the amount spent in the country.[8]

Antonio Banderas, who is portraying Mario “”Super Mario”” Sepúlveda, is the public face of accident who sent videos to the rescuers to update them on the miners’ condition. The actual Sepúlveda has expressed his enthusiasm and approval towards having Banderas in the role.[9] Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro and US actor Martin Sheen will also star.

Santoro plays Florencio Ávalos, the second-in-command in the group of trapped miners and the first to be rescued, while Sheen will play the father of Mario Sepúlveda.[10] On June 17, 2013, it was announced that Jennifer Lopez has joined to lead the cast of the film[11] but later left due to scheduling conflicts with American Idol. She will be replaced in the strong female central role by Juliette Binoche.[6]

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