The 53-year-old Puerto Rican Oscar-winning actor has joined the cast of Steven Soderbergh’s latest film No Sudden Move(f.k.a Kill Switch).
The crime thriller, which is being produced under Soderbergh’s recently formed overall deal with HBO Max, has commenced production
In addition to del Toro, the All-Star ensemble cast includes Don Cheadle, David Harbour, Amy Seimetz, Jon Hamm, Ray Liotta, Kieran Culkin, Brendan Fraser, Noah Jupe, Bill Duke, Frankie Shaw and Julia Fox.
Written by Ed Solomon, the film is set in 1955 Detroit and centers on a group of small-time criminals who are hired to steal what they think is a simple document. When their plan goes horribly wrong, their search for who hired them – and for what ultimate purpose – weaves them through all echelons of the race-torn, rapidly changing city.
“The last time I shot a movie in Detroit with a great script and a great cast things worked out really well, so I’m very excited behind my mask right now,” said Soderbergh.
“It’s a pleasure to begin production on another project with Steven Soderbergh, Casey Silver and Ed Solomon,” remarked Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer for HBO and HBO Max. “We have an incredible partner in Warner Bros. Pictures and an extraordinarily talented cast – we couldn’t be happier to bring No Sudden Move to HBO Max.”
Nominations for the 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards have been revealed, with the 52-year-old Puerto Rican Oscar-winning actor earning his first-ever nod.
del Toro is nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series or Movie category for his role as convicted murderer in Showtime’s seven-episode series Escape At Dannemora.
The show is based on a real-life 2015 prison break and explores the dynamics between convicts Richard Matt (del Toro) and David Sweat (Paul Dano) and prison worker Joyce “Tilly” Mitchell (Patricia Arquette), who ultimately helped them escape.
John Leguizamo, an Emmy winner in 1998 for his semi-autobiographical HBO one-man show Freak, has earned his second consecutive Emmy nod in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category.
The 54-year-old Colombian actor and stand0-up comedian, a nominee last year for his role in the limited television series Waco, is nominated for his role in the Netflixminiseries When They See Us.
Anthony Mendez has picked up his third nomination in the Outstanding Narrator category.
The bilingual Latino voice actor, who earned two Emmy nods his narrating the CW’s Jane the Virgin, is nominated in the Outstanding Narrator category for narrating USA’s documentary series Wonders of Mexico.
Emmy-winner Tessandra Chavez has earned a nod in the Outstanding Choreography For Variety or Reality Programming category for her work with the contemporary dance company she founded Unity LA, and their routines on NBC’s World of Dance. She’s up against fellow Latino choreographers and World of Dancechoreographers Melvin “Timtim” Rogador and Karen Forcano & Ricardo Vega.
Other Latino nominees include Hanna cinematographer Dana Gonzales in the Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (One Hour) category and RGB editor Carla Gutierrez in theOutstanding Picture Editing For A Nonfiction Program category.
The 2019 Emmy Awards will air on September 22 on Fox.
Here’s the list of some of the high-profile Latino nominees and their competition:
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie Jared Harris as Valery Legasov, Chernobyl Benicio del Toro as Richard Matt, Escape At Dannemora Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse, Fosse/Verdon Mahershala Ali as Wayne Hays, True Detective Hugh Grant as Jeremy Thorpe, A Very English Scandal Jharrel Jerome as Korey Wise, When They See Us
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie Stellan Skarsgård as Boris Shcherbina, Chernobyl Paul Dano as David Sweat, Escape At Dannemora Ben Whishaw as Norman, A Very English Scandal Asante Blackk as Kevin Richardson, When They See Us John Leguizamo as Raymond Santana, Sr., When They See Us Michael K. Williams as Bobby McCray, When They See Us
Outstanding Narrator Angela Bassett, Narrator, The Flood Liev Schreiber, Narrator, The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti Sir David Attenborough, Narrator, Our Planet Juliet Stevenson, Narrator, Queens Of Mystery Charles Dance, Narrator, Savage Kingdom Anthony Mendez, Narrator, Wonders Of Mexico
Outstanding Choreography For Variety Or Reality Programming Travis Wall, Choreographer, So You Think You Can Dance Luther Brown, Choreographer, So You Think You Can Dance Melvin “Timtim” Rogador, Choreographer, World Of Dance Suresh Mukund, Choreographer, World Of Dance Karen Forcano, Choreographer & Ricardo Vega, Choreographer, World Of Dance Tessandra Chavez, Choreographer, World Of Dance
Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (One Hour) Jonathan Freeman, ASC, Director of Photography, Game Of Thrones Zoë White, Director of Photography, The Handmaid’s Tale Colin Watkinson, Director of Photography, The Handmaid’s Tale Dana Gonzales, ASC, Director of Photography Gonzalo Amat, Director of Photography, The Man In The High Castle M. David Mullen, ASC, Director of Photography, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Robert McLachlan, ASC, Director of Photography, Ray Donovan
Outstanding Picture Editing For A Nonfiction Program Tom Patterson, Editor, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Bob Eisenhardt, ACE, Editor, Free Solo Jules Cornell, Editor, Leaving Neverland Carla Gutierrez, ACE, Editor, RBG Michael Harte, Editor, Three Identical Strangers
The Latino actor has joined the cast of Soldado, the Sicario sequel starring Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin and Isabela Moner.
Rodriguez, a Hollywood newcomer, will play a pivotal role opposite del Toro as a Mexican-American teenager who is caught up between becoming a sicarioin the dangerous world of the drug cartels and his desire to do what is right and not lose his humanity.
Stefano Sollima will direct Soldado from a script written by Taylor Sheridan.
The 49-year-old Puerto Rican actor is in early talks to star in Predator, a reboot of the film franchise in the works at 20th Century Fox.
Shane Black will direct the film. He was actually a co-star in the 1987 original alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, playing a member of Arnold’s team and the first to die at the hands of the Predator. Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura also co-starred.
Black’s Monster Squadco-writer Fred Dekker is scripting the new Predator.
del Toro is also aboardSoldado, the second installment of the drug war thriller that began with 2015’s Sicario. Gomorra director Stefano Sollima is helming after Denis Villenueve led the first one, and Taylor Sheridan has again written the script. Black Label Media and Lionsgate are co-financing.
The 49-year-old Puerto Rican actor will star in Soldado, the second installment of the drug war thriller that began with 2015’s Sicario.
Hailing from Lionsgate and Black Label Media, the sequel focuses on Alejandro Gillick, the shadowy protagonist played by del Toro, and Josh Brolin’s CIA agent Matt Graver, who in the first film established themselves as hell bent on hunting down cartel kingpins, no matter what.
Soldado, which was scripted by Taylor Sheridan, does not include the FBI agent character played by Emily Blunt in Sicario.
In the film, Gillick and Graver concern themselves with what is being smuggled across the border between Mexico and the U.S. in the tunnels used to move drugs and illegal immigrants. Those tunnels also can be used to bring terrorists into the U.S.
Italian director Stefano Sollima is the front-runner to direct the second installment. Denis Villenueve directed the first film.
The 53-year-old Spanish actor has joined the cast of AMC’s The Son.
Based on Philipp Meyer’s acclaimed novel, the film is a multi-generational epic telling of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family.
Production will begin in Austin, Texas in June and the 10 one-hour episodes are set to premiere in 2017.
British director Tom Harper is helming the pilot.
He’ll play the patriarch whose family is the last of the wealthy Spanish aristocracy in South Texas. He’s a proud American, but must walk a careful line between his fellow ranchers and the Mexican radicals who employ terrorist tactics in an effort to drive the Anglos out of the Rio Grande Valley.
Bardem, the brother of Javier Bardem, recently completed work on New Regency’s Assassin’s Creed alongside Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, out later this year.
His past credits include Escobar: Paradise Lost opposite Benicio del Toro and Josh Hutcherson, Che: Part 2 for director Steven Soderbergh, and Scorpion In Love, which he wrote and starred in.
Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy wrote the adaptation.
The 49-year-old Puerto Rican-American actor will star in The Corporation, which takes place over the decades between the 1950s and 1980s in Miami and New York.
Based on T.J. English’s yet-to-be-published book The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld, del Toro will play Jose Miguel Battle Sr., who leads the eponymous and hugely powerful Cuban mafia. Born in Havana, Battle escaped to the U.S. following the rise of Fidel Castro. Alongside his team of fellow Cubans, Battle was trained by the CIA so that he could fight in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.
Despite his name, things didn’t go so well for Battle during the attempted invasion, as he was captured, which led to him being imprisoned inside a Cuban prison. Battle failed to find the light side during his incarceration, and, when he was released, he headed straight back to the U.S. where he set off to build a huge criminal empire alongside the same posse of men that he fought with. His empire revolved around drug trafficking, gambling, and, even murder, and made him one of the most powerful crime bosses in the US until his death in 2007.
The nonfiction book will be published in winter 2017 by William Morrow. It’s being called a Cuban version of The Godfatherand American Gangster.
del Toro is coming off a sizzling performance in Sicario, and this is an opportunity to play another badass character.
Paramount Studios and Appian Way have the film rights.
Carlos Verela receives an all-star welcome to New York…
The 52-year-old Cuban singer-songwriter of nueva trova was honored at the opening of this year’s Woodstock Film Festival.
The “fiercely independent” festival, featuring a challenging collection of screenings, panels, special events and parties in the New York towns of Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Rosendale and Kingston kicked off this week with the documentary Poet Of Havana held at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston.
There, following a Q&A with director Ron Chapman and his subject, Verela, special guest Jackson Browne performed a tribute to a heroic artist who speaks for a generation of Cubans, including those affected by the longstanding U.S. embargo that has only recently begun to soften.
To wit: Valero and his band only learned the day before the screening that they would actually be allowed to leave Cuba for the event.
Unknown in America and fighting decades of censorship in Cuba, Verela is greatly admired by the likes of Browne, actor Benicio Del Toro and many international musicians.
Speaking at the Q&A, Browne said, “To see Carlos in Cuba playing for Cubans was a very emotional thing, and to see him play in the United States for Cubans is also very emotional. He expresses something about their common story that is not presented anywhere else.”
Browne accompanied his comrade on Verela’s song “Walls and Doors,” which Browne also released on his 2014 album, Standing In The Breach.
The 48-year-old Puerto Rican actor and Oscar winner has come aboard as executive producer of Viva, director Paddy Breathnach’s new film having its World Premiere here at the Telluride Film Festival.
An Irish production shot in Cuba en Español, the film is about Jesus, a young man growing up in Havana who works as a hair and make up artist for drag acts. What he REALLY wants to do is perform on stage himself, a development that leads to major conflicts with his father who has just been released from prison.
Hector Medina stars as Jesus with a supporting cast including Jorge Perugorria and Luis Alberto Garcia. Screenwriter Mark O’ Halloran also is featured in the film.
del Toro was most recently an executive producer of Escobar: Paradise Lost, a film in which he also starred that had its World Premiere at last year’s Telluride Film Festival.
He has produced other films in which he had roles including Cheand The Wolfman, but his participation in a behind-the-scenes role on Viva appears to be his first in a film he does not appear since Lovesickness in 2007.
del Toro next appears in Lionsgate’s Sicario, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and will have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival later this month in advance of its September 18 release.
He’s already getting Oscar buzz for his intensely searing role in the film.