The 33 (film)

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Not to be confused with Thirty Three (film).
The 33
Directed by Patricia Riggen
Produced by Edward McGurn
Mike Medavoy
Written by Mikko Alanne
José Rivera
Music by James Horner
Cinematography Patricia Riggen
Edited by Patricia Riggen
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
November 13, 2015
Country Chile
Language English with Chilean accent

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 film's plot will mostly focus on the disaster and its aftermath, where the rescue teams attempted to save the trapped miners over the course of three months.


The following names have been confirmed:

Undisclosed roles:[6]


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]

On January 10, 2014 Cote de Pablo joined the cast of the film, she will play a wife of one of the trapped miners.[12] On January 27, 2014, Gabriel Byrne joined the cast of the film, to play the role of Andre Sougarret, the engineering genius who masterminded the miraculous rescue of the 33 trapped miners.[5] Next day on 28 January, Bob Gunton joined the cast of the Chilean miner filming currently shooting in Colombia, he'll play the role of Chilean president, Sebastián Piñera.[4]


The filming began in December 2013 in Colombia.[13] After the shooting wrapped up in Nemocón, Colombia in January, the crews started filming again in Copiapó, Chile on February 5, 2014 which is the original place of the incident.[14] On February 18, 2014 news told that more than half of the filming has done in Nemocón, Colombia, now they are filming the rescue scenes in Tierra Amarilla, Chile.[15] The filming wrapped up on February 20, 2014.[16]


In October 2014, James Horner was hired to compose the music for the film.[17]

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  1. ^ Antonio Banderas to star on The 33 April 05, 2013 retrieved August 19, 2013
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  3. ^ Balaguera, Jorge (9 December 2013). "El actor Juan Pablo Raba será Darío Segovia en "Los 33"" (in Spanish). RCN Radio. 
  4. ^ a b "Chilean Miner Pic ‘The 33′ Adds Bob Gunton". 28 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Fleming Jr, Mike (27 January 2014). "Gabriel Byrne Joins Mining Disaster Pic ‘The 33′". Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Juliette Binoche, James Brolin Round Out Cast of Chilean Miners Movie 'The 33'". Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  7. ^ "Antonio Banderas & More Join Chilean Miner Disaster Drama 'The 33'". 2013-05-20. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  8. ^ Noonan, Kevin (August 13, 2014). "Chilean Miner Film ‘The 33′ First to Receive Colombian Tax Incentive Benefit". Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Antonio Banderas To Play Chilean Miner, Mario Sepulveda, In "The 33"". 20 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  10. ^ "Antonio Banderas, Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro cast in 'The 33' about the Chilean miner's". Reel35. 2013-05-20. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  11. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (17 June 2013). "Jennifer Lopez to Star in Chilean Miner Drama 'The 33'". Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Cote De Pablo Joins Chilean Miner Movie ‘The 33′ In First Post-’NCIS’ Gig". 10 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  13. ^ Kay, Jeremy (27 December 2013). "The 33 begins production". Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Mango, Agustin (8 February 2014). "Miner Drama 'The 33' Begins Filming in Chile". Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "‘The 33′, with Antonio Banderas, filming in Chile". 18 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "ON THE SET FOR 2/24/14". 24 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "James Horner Scoring ‘The 33′". October 18, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 

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