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Jennifer Lopez Will Star In 'The 33,' Drama Based On 2010 Chilean Mining Accident

06/17/2013 05:26 pm ET | Updated Jul 28, 2014

Jennifer Lopez just struck movie gold.

The 43-year-old singer and actress may be receiving a milestone star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, but the good news for J. Lo doesn’t stop there. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Puerto Rican star has just signed on to appear in the Chilean miner drama “The 33.”

In June 2011, it was reported that producer Mike Medavoy had acquired the rights of the film based on the 2010 Chilean mining accident, in which 33 miners were trapped in the San José copper–gold mine in Copiapó, Chile.

At the time, the world was captivated with rescue efforts and stories of the miners who remained underground for 69 days. Now their story is set to hit the big screen with the help of Lopez, Martin Sheen, Rodrigo Santoro, and Antonio Banderas.

“One year after the collapse of the mine, we consider this to be a great step towards the realization of a film based on our experience in the mine,” Chilean miner Juan Andrés Illanes told The Hollywood Reporter when Medavoy acquired the rights to the film in 2011. “This is the only official and authorized film about what we lived in the San José mine. Much of our story has never been told.”

The film will be directed by Patricia Riggen (La Misma Luna) and the screenplay was written by Mikko Alanne and José Rivera (The Motorcyle Diaries). Production will reportedly begin in Chile this fall.

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