Antonio Banderas to Star in Starz Detective Drama Havana Quartet

Relaxed travel restrictions from the U.S. to Cuba are apparently extending to the small screen.

Starz is developing Havana Quartet, a detective series set in the balmy island nation and starring Antonio Banderas (Evita, The Expendables 3), the network announced Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.

Based on a Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura’s four-book series — Havana Blue, Havana Gold, Havana Red and Havana Black — the series will focus on Banderas’ Mario Conde, a hard-drinking, romantic fella who longs to be a writer but settled for a job as a police detective.

Eduardo Machado (Magic City, Hung) will write the pilot and executive-produce with Banderas and others.

Havana Quartet is a series that captures both the romance and the underbelly of a country that has struck our collective curiosity and imagination for decades, and it was important for us to create a show that is authentic to Padura’s elegant, noir-tinged novels and to Cuba itself,” said Pancho Mansfield, president of global scripted programming for eOne Television, which is partnering with Starz on the project.

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