He hasn't signed on any dotted lines just yet, but Javier Bardem has expressed interest in playing a key role in the inevitable Chilean miners movie.
“I think what happened in Chile has been a very historic situation,” Bardem told Total Film. "History needs time to see the reaction – the social, economic and political echoes.
"You need time to look back and really see what happened after a historic event like that.
"It’s not a movie I would want to do today, I want to do it some years from now – as long as the story is of the same level of drama as the actual event, which is not going to be easy.”
Sounds like a cautious, ‘I’ll do it if the script is right’ response then, but given the cinematic triumph-over-adversity nature of the story, it wouldn't be too hard to scratch out something that could tickle Bardem's fancy.
And who better to play a stoic, broad-shouldered Latino than a man who's built a career playing stoic, broad-shouldered Latinos?
Our bet is that once James Franco garners his expected brace of nominations for playing a man stuck in a hole in 127 Hours, Bardem will want to go down a much bigger one.
Is Bardem the man for the mine movie? Or would this be a case of truth being more gripping than fiction?