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Soderbergh to make Che Guevara film

Nov. 1, 2006 at 12:51 AM   |   Comments

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. director Steven Soderbergh is preparing to make his long-awaited biopic of Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara.

The Hollywood Reporter said the story will be told in two films, with Benicio Del Toro playing Guevara. Other actors to appear in the epic include Javier Bardem and Benjamin Bratt.

Soderbergh reportedly plans to shoot the films back to back, beginning next May in Mexico and parts of South America.

First film, "The Argentine," begins as Guevara and a group of Cuban exiles, led by Fidel Castro, reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. They proceed to mobilize an army and topple the regime of Fulgencio Batista

The second film, "Guerrilla," begins with Guevara's trip to New York, where he spoke at the United Nations in 1964 and was admired in intellectual and society circles.

Soderbergh and producers have reportedly set the combined budget of the films at less than $70 million.

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