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Banderas Masks Up More "Zorro"

by Sarah Hall
Oct 31, 2003, 10:40 PM PT

Everyone's favorite masked crimefighter is due for a return to the big screen.

No, we're not talking Batman. Nope, not Spiderman, either. Get ready for...Zorro!

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Smoldering star Antonio Banderas is in talks with Sony to reprise his role as the swashbuckling swordsman who wears a mask like no other in The Mask of Zorro part deux.

The Spanish thesp recently appeared in the box-office success Once Upon a Time in Mexico alongside Johnny Depp. He is also fresh off a star turn in the Broadway musical Nine, for which he received a Tony nomination.

Winsome Welchie Catherine Zeta-Jones is also planning a return to the franchise that launched her career.

Mrs. Michael Douglas, an Oscar winner for Chicago, is currently appearing in the box-office underwhelmer Intolerable Cruelty opposite George Clooney.

Anthony Hopkins is also considered a good bet for a repeat performance in Zorro 2, according to Daily Variety. Columbia Pictures confirmed that the sequel is in the pipeline but would only confirm that the principals were "in discussions" to return.

The script for Zorro 2 comes from Alias executive producers Roberto Orsi and Alex Kurtzman, and was reportedly strong enough to galvanize the studio into moving towards a production start.

Veteran director Martin Cambell will return to helm the sword-swinging sequel. His most recent film, Beyond Borders, starring Angelina Jolie, was just released in theaters to middling reviews and worse box office.

The studio expects to kick off production on Zorro 2 in spring 2004.

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