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Jose Maria Yazpik has been cast in a pair of indie roles.

The Mexican actor, who recently appeared in Guillermo Arriaga's "The Burning Plain," will star in Jorge Fons' "El Atentado" and Rodrigo Cortes' "Buried," opposite Ryan Reynolds.

Based on the historical novel "El Expediente del Atentado," "Atentado" tells the true story of Arnulfo Arroyo (Yazpik), a young terrorist who in 1897 attempts to assassinate Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz. The film also stars Daniel Jimenez-Cacho and Irene Azuela and is being produced by Diego Lopez.

Filming has begun in Mexico City.

Written by Chris Sparling, "Buried" stars Reynolds as a civilian contractor in Iraq who awakens in a coffin under the desert, armed only with a cell phone, a candle and a knife. Yazpik will record the voice of an Iraqi insurgent who orchestrates the kidnap-for-ransom.

Peter Safran is producing with Adrian Guerra and Alejandro Miranda of Spain's Versus Entertainment. »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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