Simon Bolivar biopic shoots in Venezuela, Spain
MADRID – Venezuelan thesp Edgar Ramirez (“Carlos,” “Wrath of the Titans”) is toplining “Libertador,” a biopic about 19th century Latin American freedom fighter Simon Bolivar, helmed by Alberto Arvelo (“Cyrano Fernandez”).
Ramirez plays Bolivar in a cast that includes Danny Huston, Gary Lewis, Maria Valverde (“Three Meters Above the Sky”) and Imanol Arias (“Guernica 33 Days”).
One of Latin America’s most ambitious productions, “Libertador” is structured as a Venezuela-Spain co-production, tapping financing from inside and outside both countries plus private sector investment for a budget reportedly north of $50 million.
“Libertador” teams Caracas’ Prods. Insurgentes with Madrid’s San Mateo Films, in association with Los Angeles-based Silver Screen and Berlin’s WMG Films.
Silver Screen’s Ana Loehnert and WMG-owner Winfried Hammacer, exec producer of Eric Bana’s “Deadfall,” produce.
Ramirez exec produces alongside Christer von Lindequist, who is handling worldwide sales.
Timothy Sexton (“Children of Men”) penned the script, which turns on Bolivar’s military campaign to wrestle independence from Spain and unify Latin America.
Film is primarily Spanish language, with some English and French dialogue.
Los Angeles Philharmonic music director, Venezuelan-born Gustavo Dudamel, will compose “Libertador’s” score.
“Bolivar was a true visionary, whose intricate and fascinating life story and legacy had never been brought to screen in the way he deserves,” Loehnert said.
Ramirez will next appear in Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama Bin Laden movie “Zero Dark Thirty.”