– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Slowly, but surely, Amazon is rising the ranks of quality TV series creator. Now, they another huge get that seems poised to bag them some real awards upon its release.

According to The Tracking Board, the Oscar-winning Javier Bardem has just signed on to their four-hour miniseries, Cortes. The actor will be playing the legendary conquistador Hernán Cortés that will chronicle Cortés’ expedition, which led to the eventual fall of the Aztec Empire.

This series comes from Amblin Television and Steven Spielberg, who originally started developing the project many years ago, with the eye toward directing it. On board to write the series is Oscar-winning Schindler’s List scribe Steve Zaillian.

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“Cortés’ epic discoveries shaped the world as we know it today, and through the minds of Amblin, Steven Spielberg, Steve Zaillian and Javier Bardem, we will bring Prime Video members on an exhilarating journey. There are few moments in history that shape an entire culture such as Cortés’ story, and this series will be one filled with drama and adventure,” said Sharon Yguado, Amazon’s head of scripted series.

“It is a privilege to tell this epic story— one that is full of drama and conflict within this huge, historical spectacle where two distant civilizations clash at the height of their reign,” added Bardem. “The best and worst of human nature came to life in all its light and darkness. As an actor, there is no better challenge than to serve such a unique project that I have been passionate about for years.”

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SOURCE: The Tracking Board

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.