Nearly two decades on from the swashbuckling hit that is The Legend of Zorro, Antonio Banderas has expressed renewed interest in returning for another Zorro movie. In a recent interview promoting Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, the actor shared that he’d be open to having a new face for the masked vigilante if there were to be a remake.
“Yes, I would, I would consider that possibility, why not?” Banderas told ComicBook. “If they called me to do Zorro, I would do what Anthony Hopkins did for me, which is to pass the torch.”
When asked on who would love to pass his sword on to, he put his vote down for Spider-Man sensation Tom Holland, who Banderas starred alongside in Sony’s Uncharted. “I did Uncharted with him, and he’s so energetic and fun,” Banderas said of Holland’s acting style. “He’s got this spark, too. Why not?”.
The prospect of a new Zorro film does certainly exciting, and while Holland has proven himself to be of remarkable talent, the actor’s pick may come across as a little out of place. The character, after all, is widely believed to be from a Mexican background, so having a Mexican or even Hispanic actor take on the mantle next would be a more significant move in the right direction.
Banderas first portrayed the masked vigilante in 1998’s The Mask of Zorro, which featured Hopkins as Don Diego de le Vega, the original Zorro, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The success of the first movie led to a sequel in 2005, with both bringing in a total of over US$392 million at the box office.
The Spanish actor can next be heard — but not seen — in Puss in Boots: The Last Wish as the titular feline when it releases on 8 December in theatres.