Photo: Edgar Ramirez to Play Venezuelan Leader Simon Bolivar in Upcoming "Libertador"
Venezuelen actor Edgar Ramirez is set to star in a biopic about Simon Bolivar, a Latin American freedom fighter in director Alberto Arvelo Mendoza’s “Libertador”.
Bolivar often called “El Libertador”, along with Jose de San Martin were key in helping Latin America gain independence from Spain during the Spanish American wars of the 19th century. The country of Bolivia is actually named after the leader, originally named the Republic of Bolívar.
Ramirez will be joined onscreen by Maria Valverde, Danny Huston, Iwan Rheon, Gary Lewis, and Imanol Arias.
“Libertador"is a co-production between Venezuela and Spain and will primarily be in Spanish, but will also have some French and English dialogue.
Bolivar was an integral leader and his influence is hard to forget as many towns and cities in Venezuela and Colombia have a statue or bust of Bolivar.
The script was penned by Timothy Sexton and will follow the Venezuelan leader’s “military campaign to wrestle independence from Spain and unify Latin America.”
“Libertador” is scheduled to be released in 2013, but ahead of the film’s release, Ramirez can be seen in “Zero Dark Thirty”, a movie about Osama Bin Laden. He can also been seen in “Wrath of the Titans”, “The Bourne Ultimatum”, and “Domino”.
Though Spanish was his first language growing up in Caracas, Venezuel, Ramirez speaks five languages: Spanish, English, French, Italian and German.