Kate del Castillo is about to get animated…
The 41-year-old Mexican actress and former telenovela star has joined the voice cast of El Americano 3D, which is being billed as the first major U.S.-Mexican animated co-production.
The film will be released in the first quarter of 2015, according to Variety.
Former Friends star Lisa Kudrow heads the ensemble voice cast that also includes Modern Family star Rico Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Erik Estrada and Mexican-American actor and director Edward James Olmos, who also serves as a co-producer.
El Americano is the fourth film – and first CGI movie – made at the Animex Producciones animated studio in Puebla, Mexico. Burbank, California-based Olmos Productions also has co-production credits.
The film will premiere in both Mexico and the United States in the first three months of 2015, including an initial 1,200-screen U.S. theatrical release.
Deals also have been reached at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival to distribute the film in Russia and in Asian countries.
Variety describes the movie as a “revisionist take on the U.S. as a country of role models for young Mexicans.”
The film “makes us realize that the answers to our struggles are right there in our own hearts,” Olmos was quoted as saying.
It tells the story of Cuco, a young Mexican parrot who embarks on an epic quest to persuade an American crime-fighting TV celebrity to help defend his family from bullies, the magazine said.
Cuco learns, however, that he can become a hero without anyone else’s help.