Gabriel Byrne joins miners drama

Gabriel Byrne joins miners drama

Irish actor Gabriel Byrne has signed on to play the engineer who masterminded the rescue of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days in 2010 in a new movie about the drama.

His character, Andre Sougarret, was hailed a hero after pulling the miners' leader Mario Sepulveda and his team to safety following a collapse at the San Jose Mine in Chile.

Antonio Banderas has already signed on as Sepulveda, while Rodrigo Santoro, Martin Sheen, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin and Lou Diamond Philips have also been cast.

The 33 is currently filming on location in Colombia and Chile's Atacama Desert.

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