2014 seems poised to be a very big year for Gael García Bernal. Not only will he be starring in Jon Stewart's feature directorial debut 'Rosewater' and Jonás Cuarón's follow-up to 'Gravity' entitled 'Desierto,' but now Bernal has been tapped as the lead in Amazon Studios' newest pilot: 'Mozart in the Jungle.'
Written by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, 'Mozart in the Jungle' is based on Blair Tindall's memoir of same name. According to Deadline, the project is all about sex, drugs and classical music and shows that what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens onstage. Tindall is an American oboist who spent a whopping 23 years as a professional musician in New York City; her experiences across that impressive career will form the basis for 'Mozart in the Jungle's series, should the pilot be picked up.
The 35-year-old Bernal has been acting since he was a child, but he became internationally-acclaimed after his appearance in the 2001 feature 'Y Tu Mamá También.' Since that film, Bernal has worked steadily in Mexico, America and around the world, appearing in dozens of features. The most noteworthy films he has racked up in that span include 'The Motorcycle Diaries,' 'Babel' and 'Letters to Juliet.' Bernal won the Chopard Trophy at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2003.
In the aforementioned 'Rosewater,' Bernal will play Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who traveled to Iran to cover the presidential elections, was accused of being a spy and wound up in a notorious Iranian prison. Bahari spent 118 days in the prison being repeatedly interrogated by a man who smelled strongly of rosewater. Jon Stewart adapted the screenplay for 'Rosewater' and reportedly hand-picked Bernal for the lead.
This is a nice get for Amazon Studios, who continue to attract name talent to their pilot projects.