, 2022-12-02 02:00:00,
In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, actor Antonio Banderas discussed the possibility reprising the role of Zorro to end a trilogy and pass the mask on. While it hasn’t happened in every Zorro adaption, the mantle was already passed down to Banderas’ character from another Zorro at the beginning of his run, so the topic didn’t come out of the blue. Reboots are the norm, and there’s a gender-bent reimagining of the story as a TV series already in development at NBC, with Sofia Vergara and Robert Rodriguez attached. When asked what current actor Banderas believes could take on the role (in a reboot he would be in, not the NBC version), he pointed to Tom Holland.
Antonio Banderas and Tom Holland are both great actors, but this choice would do very little with the role other than take away the opportunity to properly cast a role that’s written for a Mexican actor and continue the long tradition of casting a non-Latinx, white person in his place, as Banderas is Spanish. Anthony Hopkins—whose character passed the role of Zorro to Banderas’ character in The Mask of Zorro—is Welsh, just like the love interest in the film, Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Before the casting for that film was finalized, Scottish actor Sean Connery was set to play the Zorro at the start of the film, in Hopkins’ place. While there’s been a handful of Latino actors to portray the man of the people (namely Puerto Rican and Peruvian), most of the others have been European, Canadian, or…
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