10 Jan

EXCLUSIVE: In what will be her first acting role since leaving network TV’s most-watched series NCIS, Cote De Pablo has been cast in The 33, the feature film based on the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners after being trapped 69 days in the Copiapo gold and copper mine more than half an mile below the earth’s surface. Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche and Rodrigo Santoro are among those already aboard the ensemble cast of the pic, which is now in production in Chile and Colombia with Patricia Riggen directing. The script is from Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club) and Michael Thomas.

De Pablo, who was born in Chile and whose mother still lives there, will play a wife of one of the trapped miners, who became international stars following their dramatic rescue that played out live worldwide. Her scenes will be shot in Chile’s Atacama Desert near where the actual event, and the subsequent rescue efforts took place. She is repped by Paradigm.

It was a shocker when De Pablo departed NCIS in July after contract negotiations with CBS and producer CBS TV Studios went south ahead of the series’ current 11th season. She had been the last among the cast to sign their deal, and the network said the decision to exit was hers. She returned for enough shows this season to finish out the storyline of her character Ziva David, which she had played for eight years. CBS chief Leslie Moonves later said of the failed talks: “We offered Cote de Pablo a lot of money — and then we offered even more money. We didn’t want to lose her.”

Mike Medavoy is producing The 33 with Robert Katz and Edward McGurn. Carlos Eugenio Lavin, Leopoldo Enriquez and Alan Zhang are executive producing.

Source: Deadline.Com

  • Crystal
    Posted on January 10, 2014

    Since I didn’t want to fangirl in the above post, I just want to be the first to say how exciting this and congrats to Cote!

  • Roxy
    Posted on January 10, 2014

    Adding this to my must watch list. They’re so fortunate to have her. She’s gonna be awesome and I can’t wait.

  • JanieK421
    Posted on January 10, 2014

    I am so excited to see Cote de Pablo return to acting! I was looking forward to the movie already and even more so now. It sounds like it has strong writers and a talented cast and is a tremendous opportunity for Cote. She did an amazing job with the emotions around Ziva’s father’s death so I have high expectations for her performance in the this new role. Congratulations Cote!

  • Fernanda
    Posted on January 11, 2014

    What good news! I’m very happy for Cote. Glad you finished your little time off!

  • Jean
    Posted on January 14, 2014

    I am delighted that Cote de Pablo is returning to acting and agree with Fernanda’s final comment.

  • Bob Miller
    Posted on January 20, 2014

    Please Cote, come back to star in NCIS, I and many millions of fans sure miss you xx.

  • Bob Miller
    Posted on January 20, 2014

    Please Cote (Ziva) your seat in the NCIS Comms Room is vacant Tony (Micheal) was blessed to show his feelings. Come back please Cote xx.

  • Marysue
    Posted on January 25, 2014

    While I, like many others would love to see Cote come back to NCIS at least as a guest star, I’m very excited to see her in this Chilean miner movie. Since she is from that country I’m sure this was a subject close to her heart. All I can say at the moment is “You go, girl!”

  • Bruna Freitas
    Posted on January 25, 2014

    Que notícia fantástica, estou muito feliz!

  • Scott Stirrat
    Posted on January 25, 2014

    Cote, I live in duckyland, Scotland aka uk, lol, we r so disappointed that you chose to leave ncis, you r our most favourite cast member, hope you have a great future and hopefully we in the uk see you back on our screens lots of love x

  • Johnny
    Posted on January 31, 2014

    Ziva please come back to NCIS the chemistry is not the same and now it’s gunna with the new hot blond!!y8pa

  • Lyn Bockmiller
    Posted on March 02, 2014

    Cote I can’t wait to see this movie it was a great 8 yrs on NCIS but you wanted to move on and I know you wanted to do something else good luck and God bless you you did Gibbs rule #11 when the job is done walk away and you did!:-)

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