Demian Bichir, the Mexican actor who portrayed Fidel Castro in Steven Soderberg's Che, will star in the Irish indie feature The Runway.

Commercials and short-film director Ian Power wrote the script and is directing the drama in County Cork.

The film is based on the true story of a South American pilot who crashed near a town in Cork in 1983. The townspeople came together to build a runway so the pilot could get home, and in so doing inspired the nation.

Kerry Condon (Rome) and Jaime Kierans co-star.

Bichir is a regular on Showtime's Weeds. He has appeared in the features Don't Tempt Me, In the Time of the Butterflies and Perdita Durango.