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Antonio Banderas To Play Pablo Picasso

February 21st, 2012 8:36am EST

Antonio Banderas Antonio Banderas is set to play famed artist Pablo Picasso in a new biopic.

The star, who was born in the same city of Malaga as Picasso, will portray the celebrated painter and sculptor in "33 Days," about the emotional struggle he endured while working on his 1937 masterpiece, Guernica.

In an interview with Spain's El Pais newspaper, Banderas says, "He is a character that followed me for a long time, but (I) had always rejected it. He deserves a lot of respect because I am Malagan. I was born four blocks from where he was born. It has always fascinated me."

Carlos Saura will direct the movie, which will also detail Picasso's romance with French artist Dora Maar, according to trade paper Daily Variety.

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