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Antonio Banderas: The next Pope

Is actor Antonio Banderas planning on becoming a pope? Well, not exactly…

According to the Huffington Post,  the Spanish actor may play the role of Pope Francis in an upcoming Spanish language biopic titled “Call me Francesco.”

The film’s production house told the Religion News Service that Banderas is one of the main Spanish-speaking actors being seriously considered for the role.

The movie will be the first feature film about the life of Pope Francis and will be shot in various locations, including Argentina and Italy.

The idea for the biopic was inspired by best selling novel “Francisco: El Papa de la Gente”  written by Evangelina Himitian.

Pope Francis is the first Latin-American pope in the history of papal leaders and is recognized for his humility and concern for the poor, thus earning him the nickname “The People’s Pope.”

If Banderas does get the role, we’ll be looking forward to seeing the casanova back on the big screen.

But if you need to get your Banderas fix sooner, you’re in luck! The actor is due to come out in The Expendables 3 this August.

Meanwhile, shooting for “Call me Francesco” is expected to begin sometime this summer.

No word if the $12 million film will be ready for release by December 17th (which happens to be the pontiff’s cumpleaños.)

Fabiola Norris, Being Latino Contributor

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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