Hector Tobar’s account of Chilean mining miracle hits the big screen: Watch ‘The 33' trailer

Get ready to hold your breath: The trailer for "The 33,” the film adaptation of Héctor Tobar’s book “Deep Down Dark,” has arrived.

“Deep Down Dark” is the riveting account of the 2010 Chilean mine disaster in which 33 workers were trapped underground for 17 days while their loved ones camped outside hoping for a miracle and the world held its breath.

The Times’ review called it "a masterful account” which “ranks with the best of adventure literature.” Despite the fact that most -- if not all -- viewers know the story’s miraculous conclusion, the film version will look to recapture the intimate suspense of the tome by former Times staffer Tobar.

Powered by the strains of A Great Big World’s “Say Something,” the trailer quickly sketches out the disaster, the worldwide reactions and the immense rescue effort that followed, all while keeping the viewer up close and personal with the trapped miners as they make efforts to survive and not give in to hopelessness. Despite the location and a cast featuring many Spanish-speakers, the miners and their rescuers all converse in English -- this is a Hollywood movie after all.


As Mario “Super Mario” Sepúlveda, Antonio Banderas leads a cast of recognizable faces, including Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin and Lou Diamond Phillips.

Positioned for a November release for maximum Oscar buzz, “The 33" was directed by Mexico’s Patricia Riggen (“Under the Same Moon”) and features one of the final scores from the late composer James Horner.

“The 33" is set to open Nov. 13.

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