I bet the connection with Loriga, Yanes and Viggo are correct
I think so, Philipa. I got this information from El país. You can read the article on Reverte's web site:
http://www.capitanalatriste.com/escrito ... anaventura
It is in Spanish, but here is the important part in (bad) English:
Interviewer:How did you manage to convince such an international star like VM, who had just worked in the succesful LOTR, to play the lead in the film?
Díaz Yanes:It was very easy. I didn't know Viggo, but Ray Loriga is a good friend of him, and he [Loriga] is a close friend of mine. I thought in Viggo because this is a very high-budget film and he fulfilled two basic things: he looked like Alatriste and he was a Spanish speaking star, for something was clear to me: I'd had never made this film in English. So Viggo fulfilled all requirements. Ray Loriga passed him the script and it happened that Viggo had watched my two films and we went to Berlin and met him. He liked the script a lot and said yes at once.
What I'd really like to know is what connected Viggo to Spain and how he was casted for his first Spanish film (Gimlet, I guess)?
And about Clair's question:
What do you think about the guy playing Malatesta?
I would rather have Jean Reno playing Malatesta. He was also considered, and I think he would be perfect for that character.