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Steven Soderbergh to Direct Back-to-Back Che Guevara Biopics

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Oct 31, 2006 | 10:28am EST

Ocean's Eleven director Steven Soderbergh is set to shoot two back-to-back films about Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara.

Soderbergh and Benicio Del Toro, who will play Guevara, have been working on the movies since they made Traffic together in 2000.

The films will also likely star Javier Bardem, Franka Potente and Benjamin Bratt, who are currently in talks for key roles.

Both films pick up after the formative Guevara years captured in Walter Salles' film The Motorcycle Diaries.

The first movie, The Argentine, begins as Guevara and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956.

The second film, Guerilla, begins with Guevara's trip to New York City, where he spoke at the United Nations in 1964 and was celebrated in society circles.

He then disappeared into the jungles of South America. When he tired to use Bolivia as the catalyst for more revolution, he was captured and executed.

The movies will be shot back-to-back beginning next May in Mexico and South America.

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