Mexican actor Mario Moreno was one of the pioneers of what’s considered the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, the South of the Border answer to Charlie Chaplin. Moreno, more commonly known as Cantinflas, spent half a century as an entertainer, moving from obscurity in the traveling circus of Mexico City to world-wide fame as the star of Around the World in Eighty Days. Now Cantinflas the actor is receiving the biopic treatment with Cantinflas, the upcoming film biopic from Mexican director Sebastian del Amo.
Starring Óscar Jaenada as the titular character, the primarily Spanish-language film also features other notable real-life people in major roles including The Sopranos star Michael Imperioli as American film producer Michael Todd and Uruguayan-born actress Bárbara Mori as iconic star Elizabeth Taylor. Distribution company Pantelion Films will release Cantinflas in American theaters August 29th, as well as handle the movie’s Latin American distribution.