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Spanish actress Paz Vega will star in the new Paulo Coelho biopic, a production that has been tentatively titled "The Pilgrim: The Best Story of Paulo Coelho." The famous Andalucía-born actress will play a very important character to the story that will symbolically represent all the women that had made an impact on the famous Brazilian writer's life, best known for the allegorical tale "The Alchemist."
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Vega will portray "Luisa", a woman who will embark on a trip along the iconic Camino de Santiago with a writer that will trust her with his most intimate thoughts. The long awaited biopic of one of the most successful authors of all time, who has captivated millions of readers around the world with his books, will hit the big screen sometime next year. The released date has not been confirmed yet.
This new movie sets Vega's return to the Spanish film industry, after a hiatus due to a lack of challenging roles in her home country. Coelho's biopic, co-produced by Spanish and Brazilian producers, has managed to produce great excitement in the specialized media in the U.S, where the writer is well known for his literary success. This is also a new chance for Vega to prove herself as an actress in Hollywood, after her 2005 movie "Spanglish" was not well receieved.
The Hollywood Reporter reported the movie will involve complex special effects production in order to illustrate the mixture of fantasy and reality that will define Coelho's biopic. The movie stars Ravel and Julio Andrade as the young and old Coelho and will be directed by Daniel Augusto.
"Paulo is the most read living author, translated into more languages than any other, with 'The Alchemist' on the NYT top 10 list since it was published," said producer Iona de Macedo. "But people don't know his life story. And his work and his philosophy draw on his life experiences."
According to THR, those experiences also include electric-shock treatment as a child and torture under Brazil's dictatorship. "Despite the worst kind of circumstances, he always wanted to be a writer, and our movie is about someone who doesn't give up. It is very inspirational tale," de Macedo said.