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Ariana Bacle
November 18, 2014 AT 09:36 PM EST

Martin Scorsese’s Cortés has a home: HBO.

The drama follows Hernán Cortés, the man who led the fall of the Aztec empire, and the friends and enemies he made along the way. Scorsese is signed on to direct and executive produce. Mississippi Burning writer Chris Gerolmo will write and executive produce, and Benecio del Toro will also executive produce (and might star).

Scorsese is already familiar with HBO: He directed the series premiere of Boardwalk Empire and the pilot for a yet-to-be-titled HBO project about rock and roll in the ’70s.

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