Antonio Banderas confirmed today that he will play the leading role in a forthcoming movie on the life of Dominican playboy Porfirio Rubirosa. The movie, now in pre-production, will begin filming in 2010 and will be co-produced by Banderas through his production company Green Moon and by the Sierralta Entertainment Group. The movie will be titled The First Playboy and will be directed by Mexican director Luis Mandoki. (Earlier reports had identified Luis Llosa as a posible director). “I feel like a child of Porfirio,” said Miguel Sierralta, Banderas’ Production partner. “I have been working on this Project for five years. I have been chasing Antonio for a year and a half.”
The role of Porfirio Rubirosa was one of the first offered to Antonio Banderas when he moved to Holllywood after a stellar career in Spain. The movie project never prospered, but it led to Banderas’ developing a deep interest in the legendary Dominican playboy. Eva Longoria seems to have fallen under the same spell and is in negotiations for the role of Flor de Oro Trujillo, the Dominican dictator’s daughter and Rubirosa’s first wife. Earlier reports spoke of Mexican actress Salma Hayek as the favorite for the role. Longoria may also join the film as a producer. Among the actresses under consideration to play Rubirosa’s other wives and lovers are Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffith, Juliette Binoche and Charlize Theron.
“We want to keep the movie as an independent project so as to be able to keep artistic control and in order to remain faithful to Rubirosa’s story,” Sierralta said.
The movie will be filmed in Prague, Argentina, Spain (Sotogrande), and Santo Domingo.
Original report (in Spanish) at http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2009/09/02/cultura/1251926818.html
Photo of Antonio Banderas, Luis Mandoki, Arnaldo Salazar, and Miguel Sierralta from El Mundo (Spain).