Che: According to Variety, Terrence Malick will direct Che, a biopic that will star Benicio Del Toro as Cuban revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Malick also wrote the script
Budgeted at $40 million, the film is scheduled for a four-month South American shoot to begin in July.
Javier Bardem is planning to take a supporting role in the pic.
Malick brings a certain firsthand experience to the project. When the Bolivian army murdered the 39-year-old Guevara in 1967, Malick was in the country to write a piece on Guevara's guerrillas for the New Yorker.
The radical is also the subject of Traveling With Che Guevara, a documentary directed by Gianni Mina. Made during the production of The Motorcycle Diaries, it focuses on Guevara's traveling companion, Alberto Granado. Now 81, he served as a technical adviser on the Salles film, in which he was portrayed by Rodrigo de la Serna.