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Gael Garcia Bernal, Mia Maestro Set for ‘Evita’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Pablo Aguero's film follows the travels of Eva Peron's corpse

Gael Garcia Bernal and Mia Maestro (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2”) have joined the cast of Argentinian helmer-scribe Pablo Aguero’s “Evita” (working title), chronicling the odyssey of Eva Peron’s embalmed corpse around Europe from 1952 to its burial in Argentina 25 years later.

Even in death, Peron remained a strong symbol of Argentina’s struggle for freedom. This prompted the leaders of the military coup that ousted her husband, President Juan Peron, to steal her body, starting its unlikely journey, said Jacques Bidou, who is lead-producing the pic with Marianne Dumoulin at JBA Prods.

The pair is at the Cannes Film Festival to present the project at the CRC co-production meetings co-hosted by the Ile de France Film Commission.

Mexico’s Canana, founded by Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, is set to co-produce with Spain’s Tornasol, Argentina’s Haddock Films and Germany’s Rohfilm.

Bidou and Dumoulin said Canana was in negotiations with Participant PanAmerica to co-develop and co-finance the $5 million-budget pic.

Garcia Bernal will star as Admiral Emilio Eduardo Massera, one of the main protagonists in the dirty wars the Argentine dictatorship fought against political dissidents.

Maestro will star as Peron, who will not be seen alive in the film but whose body will be seen through fragments and shadows.

“In this film, I want to show what Evita generated: a massive revolt against the injustices of capitalism, followed by a repression that was disproportionate, brutal and yet unsuccessful in shutting her voice forever,” said Aguero.

Lensing is expected to kick off early 2014.

JBA Prods. produced Aguero’s directorial debut “Salamandra,” which bowed at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2008.

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