Demian Bichir to play Mexican revolutionary leader

Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:00am EST
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By Jay A. Fernandez

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Demian Bichir, who played the young Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh's "Che," will play another revolutionary in the Mexican film "Hidalgo-Moliere."

Bichir has signed on to star in the feature, which centers on Miguel Hidalgo, the priest who was a leader of the Mexican independence movement.

The actor also is in talks for a starring role in an untitled drama about South Florida gang leader Leona Sanchez.

Antonio Serrano ("Sex, Shame and Tears") is directing "Hidalgo-Moliere," which focuses on Hidalgo's early years in the theater and his rise to leadership in the Mexican War of Independence in the early 1800s. Ana de la Reguera ("Nacho Libre") co-stars.

The Sanchez project, which carries a working title of "Lady Scarface," is being directed by Ernest Dickerson ("The Wire") from a screenplay by Tony Puryear and Susannah Grant. It tells the story of a young Colombian woman who rises to power as the leader of a South Florida gang, Los Curramberos. Bichir is in talks to play Pedro, the gang leader who takes Leona as his girlfriend without realizing the scope of her ambition.

Bichir is a regular on Showtime's "Weeds." He is shooting the Ireland-set indie feature "The Runway."

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

<p>Mexican actor Demian Bichir arrives at the premiere of the film "Che" in Caracas March 3, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>