Zorro reboot movie Z, which has been languishing in developmental purgatory, just dropped some news to let the world know that it’s still a thing. While the last update, revealing that Mozart in the Jungle star, Gael García Bernal, was set for the swashbuckling title role, arrived nearly two years ago, the film has an exciting new cast addition in Kiersey Clemons.
Z has cast surging starlet Kiersey Clemons for an unspecified role, reports Screen Daily. Considering that Clemons is riding quite a wave of momentum, it would not be outrageous to speculate that her role in the film will be as its female co-lead. Indeed, a breakthrough in 2015’s Dope seriously elevated Clemons’s stock, landing her the co-lead role in DC/Warner’s developing spinoff/reboot of The Flash – titled Flashpoint – as love interest Iris West, opposite Ezra Miller’s version of the titular scarlet speedster and Justice League team member.
As producer Mark Amin expresses of the cast acquisition of Clemons:
“Kiersey is an extraordinary young talent and we are delighted to have her join a growing list of unique actors who will inhabit the imaginative world of Jonás’s Z.”
While Zorro, the venerable pulp-originated, sword-swinging, justice-reaping masked vigilante of 19th century Spanish California, has been adapted in myriad media manifestations, Z will reportedly put a modern spin on the traditional story, attempting to reach a new audience. Jonás Cuarón was appointed director and screenwriter (after a draft by scribe Glenn Gers,) back in February of 2016, brandishing only a few feature directorial credits with 2015’s Desierto and 2007’s Year of the Nail. Yet, his other hat as a screenwriter yielded him a BAFTA award in 2014 for his work on the celebrated space thriller, Gravity, which was directed and co-written by his father, Alfonso Cuarón.
For Clemons, who is still waiting on DC’s delay-stricken Flashpoint (which is currently penciled in for a 2020 release,) this role in Z joins a film backlog that includes horror thriller Sweetheart and comedy An L.A. Minute. She was last seen in January-released films in musical Hearts Beat Loud and comedy Little Bitches, and will next appear on television as a new main cast addition for the fourth season of the TBS comedy series, Angie Tribeca.
With this development, news on Z should start arriving at a more regular pace.