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MAR DEL PLATA — “Evita,” Pablo Aguero’s long-gestating pic about the strange but true 25-year odyssey of the corpse of former Argentine First Lady Evita Peron, is set to start principal photography in January.

Shoot was originally scheduled for early 2014. Mexico’s Gael Garcia Bernal, Denis Lavant, Daniel Fanego, and Nahuel P. Biscayart comprise the cast, as well as Spain’s Imanol Arias who recently boarded to play the doctor who embalms Peron’s body.

Mia Maestro, who was tipped to play Evita, has dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Maestro is in Toronto, Canada until May for the production of season two of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s vampire TV series “The Strain.” She recently released her debut album, “Si Agua” (If Water) in October.

Aguero has not found a replacement yet for Maestro.

Co-producers include Paris-based JBA, Argentina’s Haddock, Belgium’s Wrong Man and Spain’s Tornasol.

Aguero’s docudrama “Madres de los Dioses,” starring Geraldine Chaplin, will be presented at Mar del Plata’s Work in Progress (WIP) by one its producers Matias Tamborenea. Docudrama centers on four single mothers who raise their children in the wilderness of Patagonia. Each of them convert to a different religion and build temples with their own hands. “It deals with themes of femininity, mysticism and nature,“ says Aguero, who says that Chaplin will play a female version of God.