Ricardo Darin, Argentina's most renowned actor, announced he willdirect his first film, The Signal, a film-noir set in 1950s Buenos Aires.

The Signal, based on Eduardo Mignogna's 2002 best-seller novel, wasready to begin shooting this December, but Mignogna died on Oct 6.

The $2.5m Argentinian-Spanish co-production between Pablo Bossi'snew company Pampa Films, Patagonik Film Group, Mignogna's former partnerClaudio Etcheberry (Retratos Producciones) and Spain's Fenix Films and WandaVision will begin shooting next March in Buenos Aires with the support of thelocal film institute and Ibermedia program.

Darin, who will turn 50 next January,will also star in the film with acclaimed comedian Diego Peretti and JulietaDiaz.

Set in 1951, during Evita Peron's time, The Signal is abouttwo small-time detectives - a die-hard Peronist and an adamant opponent - whounwittingly get wrapped up a case involving the Mafia.