Newswire: Antonio Banderas to play an emotional wreck who’s also a detective in Starz drama

Bucking the trend of sober, emotionally stable police officers that currently dominates TV cop dramas, Antonio Banderas has signed on to play a “hard-drinking, romantic” detective in Havana Quartet, a Starz series based on a series of books by Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura. According to Variety, Banderas’s Mario Conde “longs to be a writer but settled for a job as a detective.” It’s unclear if this sort of backup plan is typical of aspiring Cuban writers, but then again pretty much everything about Cuba in the last 50-odd years is unclear.

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said the project will “give viewers a premium show that highlights the decaying beauty of Cuba during its ‘Special Period’—a time and place which tourists rarely got to experience.” Eduardo Machado (Magic City) will write the hourlong show and also serve as an executive producer alongside Banderas, Nadcon Film’s Peter Nadermann …

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