Trio cast to breath in ‘Oxygen’

Sbaraglia, Ugalde, Abascal on board drama

Argentine thesp Leonardo Sbaraglia and Spanish actors Unax Ugalde and Silvia Abascal have boarded “Oxigeno” (Oxygen) a Euro6.6 million ($7.3 million) U-boat drama directed by Alvaro Fernandez Armero (“El arte de morir”), and produced by Juan Gordon for Morena Films.

The three actors will be joined by the already-set Jordi Molla,Valerio Mastandrea and Elio Germano .

Currently in pre-production, and co-produced by Italy’s Mikado and the U.K.’s Tubedale, “Oxygen” is one of several projects that Madrid-based prodco Morena is moving at this year’s Cannes. Other titles:

  • “Gull,” written by Paul Laverty (longtime Ken Loach scribe) and to be directed by U.K. documaker Clive Gordon. The $6.3 million thriller is about a young stowaway discovering a murder plot on a cargo ship. Pic is co-produced by the U.K.’s Slate Films.

  • The $5 million action drama “Flop,” from Spanish helmer Miguel Marti, about a futuristic society that bans late-night partying;

  • The $4.4 million “Carne de neon” from Maria Ripoll (“Tortilla Soup”), which Gordon describes as a “hip, Latino lumpen ‘Snatch.’ “;

  • The $5.5 million boxing biopic “Urtain,” about a Spanish heavyweight champ of Europe, with Mariano Barroso (“In the Time of the Butterflies”) attached to direct.

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