Antonio Banderas on the Boabdil trail

LAST UPDATED: 29 Jan, 2011 @ 21:28
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Antonio Banderas on the Boabdil trail

HE looked like any normal tourist on a sightseeing trip to the Alhambra.

Pointing his camera at every nook and cranny, Antonio Banderas was clearly enjoying his morning’s tour of Spain’s most popular monument.

But Malaga’s famous son was actually on a fact-finding mission for his new project Boabdil, a film about the last king of Granada.

The Spanish heart-throb is directing the movie, which is an adaption of the life of king Muhammad XII, who took the famous last sigh.

The project is being produced by Tunisian producer Tarak Ben Ammar and will feature mostly Arabic actors speaking in Arabic and Spanish.

The actor spent a couple of nights in the celebrated Parador inside the palace complex and toured the site with Junta culture boss Paulino Plato.

He is hoping to film in the emblematic Nazari palace later this year and is to recreate a set of how the palace would have looked 500 years ago.

The actor had originally been in discussion with the Abu Dhabi family, who own British football team Manchester City.

But an agreement could not be reached as they wanted to make the film in English.

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