Antonio Banderas set to brush up for '33 Days'

Tuesday February 21, 2012

Antonio Banderas could soon be unleashing his artistic skills as Pablo Picasso in new film 33 Dias (33 Days).

The Spanish star is said to be in the frame to play the late artist in Carlos Saura's upcoming drama, reported Variety.

Antonio told Spanish newspaper El Pais that Picasso "is a character that has pursued me for a long time and I always rejected.

He went on to say: "He deserves a lot of respect because I am from Malaga, and I was born four blocks from where he was born".

Carlos' bilingual film refers to the 33 days the painter spent working on his masterpiece mural Guernica.

It will highlight the emotional turmoil he went through to try and capture his reaction to the destruction of the Basque town by the Nazi Luftwaffe during the Spanish civil war in 1937.

The film could also focus on Picasso's relationship with his lover, French artist Dora Maar.

Filming is expected to begin next summer in Paris and Guernica. 

Antonio is apparently in talks to play Cuban leader Fidel Castro in another biopic Castro's Daughter.

Photo: © Getty

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