Whatever your take on Alan Parker’s 1996 film Evita, it gave Madonna some credibility in front of the camera and brought awareness of Eva Perón’s life to a bunch of people who only knew her as Argentinian president Juan Perón’s wife. And now another project also titled Evita - albeit tentatively – will bring awareness to what happened to her body after she died, which doesn’t seem to be as strange as it sounds. Or maybe it does.
Variety reports Argentinian director Pablo Aguero (77 Doronship) will direct the film, which has an international set of producers backing it, though it only has a $5 million budget. Set to star in the film are Mia Maestro (Twilight: Breaking Dawn –Part 2) and Gael García Bernal (No), an actor who skillfully gives credence to almost every film he stars in.
The film will follow the strange journey that Eva’s embalmed corpse went on after her 1952 death. Because her death did not quell her political influence, the military coup that ousted her husband stole her body. It was buried in Argentina 25 years later.
Garcia Bernal will play Admiral Emilio Eduardo Massera, one of the good guys in the political war pitting dictators against dissidents. Maestro’s role as Perón sounds a lot weirder, as she’ll never actually be seen as a living person, but only “seen through fragments and shadows.” I have no idea what that means.
“In this film,” Aguero explains, “ 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.”
Garcia Bernal will star in Zorro Reborn later this year, while Maestro will star in a pilot Carlton Cuse has developed as an adaptation of Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s novel The Strain.
Evita, or whatever its name eventually becomes, is set to begin production in early 2014 and will hopefully take less than 25 years to get to theaters.