London-based Carnaby is offering Salty to buyers in the Cannes market. This will star Antonio Banderas, who is famous for his charming face and his appearance in several Spanish films. But what made him a household name internationally was playing The Mask of Zorro alongside Catherine Zeta Jones. Then he starred in several other American movies, including animated movies such as Puss in Boots and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
Now, Banderas takes the lead in Simon West’s Salty, an action comedy movie where he will play Turk Henry, an aging bassist and reformed sex addict who’s married to a supermodel. He pampers his wife with an exotic luxury holiday in Chile but unfortunately, his wife gets abducted by pirates who are trying to raise money to buy a boat. Without much experience in manual labor, he embarks on a rescue mission that involves navigating Santiago’s back alleys and through South America’s jungles.
West said “I’m going to shoot Salty in a style that will exude energy, fun and glamor with elaborate and exciting action sequences very much in the vein of my previous films. With Antonio on board, it’s going to be a phenomenal picture.”
Banderas told the Hollywood Reporter that finally cinema, music, and humor – which are three of his passions – are together in one movie.
The film is produced by Simon West Productions and its principal photography is set to kick off in Chile in June.
- Harry Stourton (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider)
- Jib Polhemus (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Expendables 2, When a Stranger Calls)
- Andy Loveday (The Wee Man, Rise of the Krays)
- Carnaby’s Sean O’Kelly (Iron Sky, Kids in Love)
- Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club, Lawless, Blue Valentine)
- Hannah Leader (Damascus Cover, Lucky Number Slevin)
- Rene Besson (The Mechanic, Drive Angry, Homefront)
U.K records broke last year when Salty was funded in a different manner. The movie became the largest equity crowd-funded film of all time. It was the first significant Hollywood film that invited the British public to be part of the production by owning a stake in the profits of the film.