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article imageSpielberg may pick Javier Bardem for Montezuma epic

By Anne Sewell     Jan 10, 2014 in Entertainment
Fifty years ago, Hollywood scriptwriter Dalton Trumbo wrote a screenplay of the story of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and his relationship with the Aztec emperor, Montezuma. Now Steven Spielberg intends to make a movie based on that screenplay.
The screenplay was literally sitting and gathering dust, until it was rescued by screenwriter Steve Zaillian, well-known for his play of words in Schindler’s List.
On top of that, according to rumors flying around Hollywood, Spielberg will be choosing the Spanish actor, Javier Bardem, to play the part of Cortés.
Uniradioinforma (Spanish) reports that the film will replay the Spanish invasion and conquest back in the early 1500s of what is today known as Mexico.
Portrait of Hernán Cortés  Museo de América  Madrid
Portrait of Hernán Cortés, Museo de América, Madrid
According to the Hollywood website, Deadline, should Bardem play the leading role in the movie, this could lead to Spielberg changing the name of the movie from Montezuma to the anglicized version of Cortés' name, Cortez. This is due to the story being told from the Spaniard's viewpoint, and who better to play the swash-buckling conquistador than a fellow Spaniard?
Should Bardem actually be chosen for the role, and accept the offer, this will be the first time he has worked with Spielberg, who is one of Hollywood's most highly acclaimed directors.
The story and the original script itself has long been considered one of the great unmade films in Hollywood history.
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