Bichir Joins “Hidalgo” & “Scarface”

Demian Bichir (“Che,” TV’s “Weeds”) has signed on to star in Mexican film “Hidalgo-Moliere” for Astillero Films says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story focuses on Hidalgo’s early years in the theater and his rise to leading the Mexican War of Independence in the early 1800s. Ana de la Reguera (“Nacho Libre”) co-stars.

Antonio Serrano (“Sex, Shame and Tears”) is directing and Luis Urquiza Modragon is producing. Shooting begins today in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Bichir is also in talks for a key role in “Lady Scarface” about Leona Sanchez, a young Colombian woman who rises to power as the leader of a South Florida gang, Los Curramberos.

Bichir would play Pedro, the gang leader who takes Leona as his girlfriend without realizing the scope of her ambition.

Ernest Dickerson (“The Wire”) directs with shooting kicking off early next year in Spain.