Gael Garcia BernalGael Garcia Bernal better start practicing making a "Z" with a sword.

The "Science of Sleep" star will play the legendary masked avenger in 20th Century Fox's futuristic take on the character, "Zorro Reborn," according to Variety.

"Zorro Reborn" was first announced in April of last year, with Fox moving the action to some place other than California or Mexico -- and to some other time as well, as this Zorro will be a masked vigilante hell-bent on revenge as he traverses a post-apocalyptic wasteland. 

"Mad Zorro," anyone?

Fox's "Reborn" is not related in any way to Sony's double-bill of "Zorro" films starring Antonio Banderas, "The Mask of Zorro" (1998) and "The Legend of Zorro" (2005). Sony is reportedly planning its own new "Zorro" project, which will be -- not surprisingly -- a prequel/origin story.

"Zorro Reborn" was originally going to be directed by Rpin Suwannath, a previsualization specialist who worked on a number of the "X-Men," "Matrix" and "Chronicles of Narnia" movies, but he seems to no longer be attached to the project and the hunt is on for a new director. The script comes from Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, the screenwriters behind the Dracula reboot "Harker" at Warner Bros.

Gael Garcia Bernal has built quite the impressive resume since his breakthrough role in Alfonso Cuaron's "Y Tu Mama Tambien," having appeared in Michel Gondry's "The Science of Sleep," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Babel" and Jim Jarmusch's "The Limits of Control." He's rumored to have a role in Martin Scorsese's upcoming "Silence" and will next be seen with Will Farrell in "Casa de mi Padre," opening March 16.

We mentioned back in April that "Zorro Reborn" will serve as quite the showcase for some hot young actor -- now stayed tuned to see what hot young actress might be joining him. Who's Zorro without a ladyfriend, after all?

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