Penelope Cruz Earns First Primetime Emmy Awards Nomination

Penelope Cruz will be making a big appearance at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards

The Spanish actress, the winner of anOscar for her performance in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, has earned her first Emmy nomination.

Penelope Cruz

Cruz earned the nod in the Supporting Actress, Limited Series or a Movie category for her performance as Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace in FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace

Meanwhile, Cruz’s onscreen brother Edgar Ramirez picked up his second career Emmy nomination.

The 41-year-old Venezuelan actor, a previous nominee in 2011 for his performance in the French-German biopic series Carlos, is up for Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie for portraying Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace in the The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

Ramirez will face-off against Ricky Martin, his on-screen partner in the FX anthology series.

The 46-year-old Puerto Rican actor/singer has earned his first Emmy nomination for portraying Italian fashion model and designer Antonio D’Amico.

Antonio Banderas has earned his second career Emmy nomination…

The 57-year-old Spanish actor, nominated in 2004 for his starring role in And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, is up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his performance as Pablo Picasso in National Geographic’s anthology series Genius.

Alexis Bledel, who won her first Emmy earlier this year in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series category, is nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category for the same role.

The 36-year-old Latina actress earned the nod for portraying Emily / Ofglen / Ofsteveninthe Hulu drama series The Handmaid’s Tale. After guest starring in the first season of the show, Bledel was made a supporting cast member for season two.

John Leguizamo is back in the running for an Emmy nearly 20 years after winning his first Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Programfor his one-man stand-up special John Leguizamo: Freak.

The 53-year-old Colombian actor and stand-up comedian is nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category for his performance in Paramount Network’s Waco.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, an Emmy winner for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics, has earned his second career acting nomination.

The 38-year-old Puerto Rican multi-hyphenate is nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for the second year in a row, this time for his appearance on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will honor television’s best shows and performances of the past year.

The awards will be presented in a ceremony on September 17.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Best Comedy
Atlanta” (FX)
Barry” (HBO)
black-ish” (ABC)
Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
GLOW” (Netflix)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
Silicon Valley” (HBO)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

Best Drama
The Americans” (FX)
The Crown” (Netflix)
Game of Thrones” (HBO)
The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Stranger Things” (Netflix)
This Is Us” (NBC)
Westworld” (HBO)

Best Limited Series
The Alienist” (TNT)
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
Genius: Picasso” (National Geographic)
Godless” (Netflix)
Patrick Melrose” (Showtime)

Best Actress, Comedy
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Issa Rae, “Insecure”
Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Best Actor, Comedy
Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”
Ted Danson, “The Good Place”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
Bill Hader, “Barry”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Best Actress, Drama
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”
Keri Russell, “The Americans”
Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld”

Best Actor, Drama
Jason Bateman, “Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Ed Harris, “Westworld”
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”
Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us”
Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld”

Supporting Actress, Drama
Alexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Vanessa Kirby, “The Crown”
Thandie Newton, “Westworld”
Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Supporting Actor, Drama
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Matt Smith, “The Crown”

Supporting Actress, Comedy
Zazie Beetz, “Atlanta”
Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live”
Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Betty Gilpin, “GLOW”
Leslie Jones, “Saturday Night Live”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
Laurie Metcalf, “Roseanne”
Megan Mullally, “Will & Grace”

Supporting Actor, Comedy
Louie Anderson, “Baskets”
Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live”
Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Brian Tyree Henry, “Atlanta”
Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”
Henry Winkler, “Barry”

Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie
Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”
Laura Dern, “The Tale”
Michelle Dockery, “Godless”
Edie Falco, “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”
Regina King, “Seven Seconds
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Cult”

Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie
Antonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”
Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Patrick Melrose”
Jeff Daniels, “The Looming Tower”
John Legend, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”
Jesse Plemons, “Black Mirror: USS Callister”

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or a Movie
Sara Bareilles, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Penélope Cruz, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Judith Light, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Adina Porter, “American Horror Story: Cult”
Merritt Wever, “Godless”
Letitia Wright, “Black Mirror: Black Museum”

Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie
Jeff Daniels, “Godless”
Brandon Victor Dixon, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”
John Leguizamo, “Waco”
Ricky Martin, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Edgar Ramirez, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Michael Stuhlbarg, “The Looming Tower”
Finn Wittrock, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Television Movie
Black Mirror: USS Callister” (Netflix)
Fahrenheit 451” (HBO)
“Flint” (Lifetime)
Paterno” (HBO)
The Tale” (HBO)

Variety Sketch Series
At Home With Amy Sedaris” (truTV)
Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
I Love You America with Sarah Silverman” (Hulu)
“Portlandia” (IFC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)

Variety Talk Series
“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”(HBO)
“The Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS)
“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

Reality Competition Program
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Voice” (NBC)

Reality Host
W. Kamau Bell, “United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell”
Ellen DeGeneres, “Ellen’s Game Of Games”
Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night”
RuPaul, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

Structured Reality Program
“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)
“Fixer Upper” (HGTV)
“Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount Network)
“Queer Eye” (Netflix)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC)

Unstructured Reality Program
Born This Way (A&E)
Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel)
Intervention (A&E)
Naked And Afraid (Discovery Channel)
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked (VH1)
United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell (CNN)

Guest Actress, Drama
Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”
Viola Davis, “Scandal”
Kelly Jenrette, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Cherry Jones, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Cicely Tyson, “How To Get Away With Murder”
Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Guest Actor, Drama
F. Murray Abraham, “Homeland”
Cameron Britton, Mindhunter”
Ron Cephas Jones, “This Is Us”
Matthew Goode, “The Crown”
Gerald McRaney, “This Is Us”
Jimmi Simpson, “Westworld”

Guest Actress, Comedy
Tina Fey, “Saturday Night Live”
Tiffany Haddish, “Saturday Night Live”
Jane Lynch, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Maya Rudolph, “The Good Place”
Molly Shannon, “Will & Grace”
Wanda Sykes, “black-ish”

Guest Actor, Comedy
Sterling K. Brown, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Bryan Cranston, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Donald Glover, “Saturday Night Live”
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Katt Williams, “Atlanta”

Documentary or Nonfiction Series
“American Masters” (PBS)
“Blue Planet II” (BBC America)
“The Defiant Ones” (HBO)
“The Fourth Estate” (Showtime)
“Wild Wild Country” (Netflix)

Animated Program
“Baymax Returns: Big Hero 6: The Series” (Disney XD)
“Bob’s Burgers” (FOX)
“Rick And Morty” (Adult Swim)
“South Park” (Comedy Central)
“The Simpsons” (FOX)

Writing for a Comedy Series
Alec Berg, “Silicon Valley” (“Fifty-One Percent”)
Alec Berg and Bill Hader, “Barry” (“Chapter One: Make Your Mark”)
Donald Glover, “Atlanta” (“Alligator Man”)
Stefani Robinson, “Atlanta” (“Barbershop”)
Liz Sarnoff, “Barry” (“Chapter Seven: Loud, Fast And Keep Going”)
Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (“Pilot”)

Writing for a Drama Series
David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, “Game Of Thrones” (“The Dragon And The Wolf”)
The Duffer Brothers, “Stranger Things” (“Chapter Nine: The Gate”)
Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg, “The Americans” (“Start”)
Peter Morgan, “The Crown” (“Mystery Man”)
Bruce Miller, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (“June”)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Killing Eve” (“Nice Face”)

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama
William Bridges & Charlie Brooker, “Black Mirror: USS Callister”
Scott Frank, “Godless”
David Lynch & Mark Frost, “Twin Peaks”
Kevin McManus & Matthew McManus, “American Vandal” (“Clean Up”)
David Nicholls, “Patrick Melrose”
Tom Rob Smith, “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (“House By The Lake”)

Directing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover, “Atlanta” (“FUBU”)
Bill Hader, “Barry” (“Chapter One: Make Your Mark”)
Hiro Murai, “Atlanta” (“Teddy Perkins”)
Mike Judge, “Silicon Valley” (“Initial Coin Offering”)
Jesse Peretz, “GLOW” (“Pilot”)
Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (“Pilot”)

Directing for a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, “Ozark” (“The Toll”)
Stephen Daldry, “The Crown” (“Paterfamilias”)
The Duffer Brothers, “Stranger Things” (“Chapter Nine: The Gate”)
Jeremy Podeswa, “Game Of Thrones” (“The Dragon And The Wolf”)
Daniel Sackheim, “Ozark” (“Tonight We Improvise”)
Kari Skogland, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (“After”)
Alan Taylor, “Game Of Thrones” (“Beyond The Wall”)

Directing for a Limited Series
Edward Berger, “Patrick Melrose”
Scott Frank, “Godless”
David Leveaux & Alex Rudzinski, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”
Barry Levinson, “Paterno”
David Lynch, “Twin Peaks”
Ryan Murphy, “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (“The Man Who Would Be Vogue”)
Craig Zisk, “The Looming Tower” (“9/11”)

Directing for a Variety Series
Andre Allen, “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (“Episode 2061”)
Carrie Brownstein, “Portlandia” (“Riot Spray”)
Jim Hoskinson, “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (“Episode 438”)
Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live” (“Host: Donald Glover”)
Tim Mancinelli, “The Late Late Show With James Corden” (“Episode 0416”)
Paul Pennolino, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (“Episode 421”)

Celis Producing First TV Series, “Monstruos Perfectos”

Nicolas Celis is ready for the small screen…

The 30-year old Mexican film producer is preparing for his first television series, Monstruos Perfectos, which recently received development support from the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE) under the new TV series support scheme launched in late 2016.

Nicolas Celis

Meanwhile, Celis’ Pimienta Films, one of Mexico’s leading production outfits, is completing production on Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” his first picture lensed in Mexico since “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” and “Birds of Passage,” from Colombia’s Oscar nominated Ciro Guerra (“Embrace of the Serpent”).

Monstruos Perfectos is set in Mexico and will be produced by Pimienta, with external producers Marion d’Ornato and Enrique M. Rizo. Rizo has worked with Celis as second assistant director on Semana Santa, and as production manager on Tempestad, Soy Nero and The Untamed.

“This will be my first experience in TV,” Celis revealed to Variety, although he refrained from outlining the story. “I’m really happy to jump aboard. For me this is completely new world. I really love that IMCINE is exploring new content opportunities. We want to make a TV series that’s much more cinematic, than TV series produced in Mexico so far.”

Celis said that it’s been great to work with Cuaron on Roma, having previously worked with his brother, Carlos, on “Rudo y Cursi,” early in his career, and having been one of the producers on the 2015 pic Desierto, by his son, Jonas.

“Roma” chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s and is produced by Cuaron, Celis, Gabriela Rodriguez (“Gravity”), and exec produced by Participant Media.

Roma is Celis’ first period movie. Its 1970s setting was prior to his own birth – in 1986 – which he says provoked some wisecracks during the shoot. “For me it’s been my most challenging and interesting project so far. I’m a big fan of Alfonso’s work since a kid and I loved that he wanted me to work on his new film.”

Guerra’s Birds of Passage is also set in the 1970s and is produced by Colombia’s Ciudad Lunar (Cristina Gallego and Katrin Pors), as well as Celis and Argentine producers MC Productions and Buffalo Films, with Colombia’s Caracol TV also on board.

Celis previously worked with Pors on The Untamed. “Working with Katrin has been a great discovery,” said Celis. “We’re trying to work with her on our next projects.”

Costa Signs with William Morris Endeavor (WME)

Laia Costa has new representation…

The 31-year-old Spanish actress  has signed with William Morris Endeavor (WME).

Laia Costa

Costa recently starred as the title character in Sebastian Schipper’s critically-acclaimed Victoria, a film almost entirely improvised by the actors and shot in one single take.

She also plays the lead in Drake Doremus’ The Newness, opposite Nicholas Hoult, which premieres at the Sundance Film Festival this week.

Previously, Costa had the lead role in the Russian film Fort Ross, directed by Yuriy Moroz and has also starred in Palm Trees in the Snow. She has worked extensively in her native country on local television shows like Cities, the Spanish remake of Brit TV series Dates, CarlosRey Emperador and Polseres Vermelles. She also stars in Matthew Brown’s upcoming title Maine and Martin Hodara’s Neive Negra.

Her performance in Victoria has earned her a Lola Award (Germany’s equivalent of an Oscar) as well as a Gaudi Award for Best Actress. She’s also been nominated for a European Film Award for Best European Actress.

Costa is one of five actors competing for the coveted 2017 BAFTA EE Rising Star Award next month, alongside actors Ruth Negga, Lucas Hedges, Tom Holland and Anya Taylor-Joy.

Costa Earns European Film Awards Nomination for “Victoria”

Laia Costa has earned her first-ever European Film Awards nod…

The 30-year-old Spanish actress has earned the nomination for her starring role in Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria.

Laia Costa in Victoria

Costa is nominated in the Best Actress category for her portrayal of the title character in the film, which was shot in a single take.

Victoria centers on a runaway party girl, who is asked by four friendly men to join them as they hit the town. Their wild night of partying turns into a bank robbery.

Costa is up against Margherita Buy, Charlotte Rampling, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz.

Costa’s other film credits include Tengo ganas de ti. Her television credits include Carlos, Rey Emperador, Bandolera and The Red Band Society.

The EFAs will be announced in Berlin on December 12.

Here’s a look at all the nominees:

EUROPEAN FILM 2015
A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE
Sweden, France, Germany, Norway
Written & Directed by Roy Andersson
Produced by Pernilla Sandström

MUSTANG
France, Germany, Turkey
Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Written by Deniz Gamze Ergüven & Alice Winocour
Produced by Charles Gillibert

RAMS
Iceland, Denmark
Written & Directed by Grímur Hákonarson
Produced by Grímar Jónsson 

THE LOBSTER
UK, Ireland, Greece, France, Netherlands
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Written by Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthimis Filippou
Produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey & Yorgos Lanthimos 

VICTORIA
Germany
Written & Directed by Sebastian Schipper
Produced by Jan Dressler 

YOUTH
Italy, France, UK, Switzerland
Written & Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
Produced by Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima & Carlotta Calori 

EUROPEAN COMEDY 2015
A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE
Sweden, France, Germany, Norway
Written & Directed by Roy Andersson
Produced by Pernilla Sandström 

THE BÉLIER FAMILY
France
Directed by Eric Lartigau
Written by Eric Lartigau, Victoria Bedos, Stanislas Carre de Malberg & Thomas Bidegain
Produced by Eric Jehelmann, Philippe Rousselet & Stéphane Celerier 

THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT
Belgium, France, Luxembourg
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Written by Jaco Van Dormael & Thomas Gunzig
Produced by Jaco Van Dormael, Olivier Rausin & Daniel Marquet 

EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY 2015
A SYRIAN LOVE STORY
UK
Directed by Sean McAllister
Produced by Elhum Shakerifar 

AMY
UK
Directed by Asif Kapadia
Produced by James Gay-Rees 

DANCING WITH MARIA
Italy, Argentina, Slovenia
Written & Directed by Ivan Gergolet
Produced by Igor Princic, David Rubio & Miha Cernec 

THE LOOK OF SILENCE
Denmark, Norway, Indonesia
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
Produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen 

TOTO AND HIS SISTERS
Romania, Hungary
Written & Directed by Alexander Nanau
Produced by Valeriu Nicolae, Hanka Kastelicova, Alexander Nanau, Catalin Mitulescu & Marcian Lazar 

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2015
Roy Andersson for A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE
Yorgos Lanthimos for THE LOBSTER
Nanni Moretti for MY MOTHER
Sebastian Schipper for VICTORIA
Paolo Sorrentino for YOUTH
Małgorzata Szumowska for BODY

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2015
Margherita Buy in MY MOTHER
Laia Costa in VICTORIA
Charlotte Rampling in 45 YEARS
Alicia Vikander in EX MACHINA
Rachel Weisz in YOUTH

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2015
Michael Caine in YOUTH
Tom Courtenay in 45 YEARS
Colin Farrell in THE LOBSTER
Christian Friedel in 13 MINUTES
Vincent Lindon in THE MEASURE OF A MAN

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2015
Roy Andersson for A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE
Alex Garland for EX MACHINA
Andrew Haigh for 45 YEARS
Radu Jude & Florin Lazarescu for AFERIM!
Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthimis Filippou for THE LOBSTER
Paolo Sorrentino for YOUTH

Ramirez to Star Opposite Matthew McConaughey in the Mining Drama “Gold”

Edgar Ramirez is ready to mine his own business…

The 37-year-old Venezuelan actor, who starred in Zero Dark Thirty, will star opposite Matthew McConaughey in Black Bear Pictures’ upcoming mining drama Gold.

Edgar Ramirez

In the Stephen Gaghan-helmed project, Ramirez will portray geologist Michael Acosta opposite the Oscar winner’s role of prospector Walsh.

Written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman and based on the true story about the 1993 Bre-X Mineral Corporation mining scandal, the film revolves around the unlikely pair traveling to the Indonesian jungle in search of the highly valued soft metal of the title.

Production begins in June with filming in New York, New Mexico and Thailand.

Best known for playing 1970s terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez in the 2010 miniseries Carlos, a role that earned him the César Award for Most Promising Actor, Ramirez’s more recent credits include David O. Russell’s Joy opposite Jennifer Lawrence and the Alcon reboot of Point Break, both of which are set for Christmas Day releases this year. Additionally, the actor stars as boxer Roberto Duran in the biopic Hands of Stone opposite Robert DeNiro. Hands of Stone is scheduled to hit the big screen in October.

Arvelo’s “The Liberator,” Starring Edgar Ramirez, Selected as Venezuela’s Oscar Submission for Foreign Language Film

Alberto Arvelo is one step closer to a possible Oscar nomination…

The Venezuelan filmmaker’s latest project The Liberator has been selected to be the country’s submission to the Foreign Language Film category for the next Academy Awards, according to the Venezuelan paper Ultimas Noticias.

The Liberator

The paper reports that a selection of Venezuelan film industry professionals voted on Arvelo’s film earlier this week.

The voting was reportedly divided between The Liberator and Mariana Rondon’s indie drama Bad Hair, winner of the Golden Shell at the San Sebastian Film Festival last year.

An absolute rarity for local standards in terms of production value, The Liberator is a $50 million co-production between Spain and Venezuela about military and political leader Simon Bolivar, who commanded an army that freed a great part of the region from Spanish colonialism back in the 19th century, and is regarded as a forefather of South America, together with Argentine Jose de San Martin.

The epic period piece stars Venezuela’s most high profile international actor Edgar Ramírez (Carlos, Zero Dark Thirty) as Bolivar, with a score by the L. A. Philharmonic’s music director Gustavo Dudamel, and a script by Timothy J. Sexton, who co-wrote Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men.

The film’s unusually international crew also features Spanish cinematographer Xavi Gimenez (The MachinistAgora), production designer Paul D. Austerberry (Twilight Saga: Eclipse), costume designer Sonia Grande (Midnight in Paris) and editor Tariq Anwar (American Beauty, The King’s Speech).

The Liberator opened in Venezuela on July 24, selling more than 500,000 tickets to date.

The film is scheduled for US release on October 3.

First Look: Ramírez as Simón Bolívar

Édgar Ramírez’s transformation into one of the one of the most influential politicians in Latin American history is complete…

The the 35-year-old Venezuelan actor has completed his work as the star of the sweeping historical epic Libertador, which tells the story of Venezuelan military and political leader Simón Bolívar.

Edgar Ramirez in Libertador

Directed by Alberto Arvelo, Libertador follows the life of Bolivar, who was instrumental in Latin America’s struggle for independence from the Spanish empire.

Along with portraying Bolívar, Ramírez will serve as an executive producer on the project, which is considered the largest independent South American production to date.

Libertador, now in post-production.

Meanwhile, L.A. Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamelwho helped kick off the London 2012 Festival with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra—is scoring the Spanish, French and English-language pic in his feature film debut.

Ramirez, who earned critical acclaim for his performance in Carlos, will next appear on the big screen in U.S. theaters in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, which opens in December.

In France, he’s currently in theaters in An Open Heart, starring opposite Juliette Binoche

Naranjo to Direct “A Man Must Die”

Gerardo Naranjo’s stock in Hollywood continues to rise…

The 40-year-old Mexican filmmaker has just inked a deal with Focus Features to direct A Man Must Die.

Gerardo Naranjo

Naranjo—who helmed Miss Bala, Mexico’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission—wrote the script for the project. The film is described as a political thriller comparable to the critically acclaimed Carlos.

The news comes as 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment continue to develop the film adaptation of Charles Martin’s novel The Mountain Between Us for Naranjo to direct, with Michael Fassbender attached to star.

Ramirez to Portray El Libertador Simon Bolivar

Édgar Ramírez is preparing to take on another real-life role…

Edgar Ramirez

Following his award-winning performance as Carlos the Jackal in 2010 biopic Carlos, the 35-year-old Venezuelan actor will portray Simón Bolívar in Libertador.

Simon Bolivar

Bolívar was instrumental in Latin America’s struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire. Told from his point of view, the film will trace his expeditions, epic military campaigns and vision to unify South America. The Venezuelan military and political leader is considered one of the most influential politicians in American history.

Ramírez, who most recently starred in Wrath of the Titans, will also serve as an executive producer on the film project.

Along with Ramírez in the title role, the cast includes Danny Huston, María Valverde, Imanol Arias and Billy Elliot’s Gary Lewis.

Venezuelan filmmaker Alberto Arvelo, who directed Ramírez in his last feature, Cyrano Fernandez, is set to helm the project.

Meanwhile, L.A. Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamelwho will be helping kick off the London 2012 Festival with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra—is scoring the Spanish, French and English-language pic.

Higareda Signs Talent Deal with Fox

She’s known as “the Mexican Sandra Bullock”… But, Martha Higareda may soon be giving the real Sandra Bullock a run for her money.

The 28-year-old Mexican actress has signed a talent holding deal with Fox as part of the network’s initiative to find untapped Latin American talent, according to Deadline.com.

Martha Higareda

Higareda has had some presence in the United States. She’s appeared in Smokin’ Aces 2 and Street Kings, the CBS pilot Skip Tracer and most recently guest-starred on CSI: Miami. Additionally, Higareda appeared in the miniseries Carlos and Lifetime’s Lies In Plain Sight.

But the actress—the daughter of actress Martha Cervantes and artist Jose Luis Higareda—is best known in her native Mexico for her standout work opposite big name stars like Jaime Camil and Ximena Sariñana. Higareda even received a Mexican Academy Award nomination for her role in Fuega Del Cielo.

As part of her talent deal with Fox, Higareda will be exposed to producers and directors of the network’s current collection of pilots.

But Higareda isn’t the only Mexican actor to sign a talent deal with Fox…

Adan Canto, a rising star in Mexico but virtual Hollywood newbie is also on reserve for pilot season at Fox.

The 30-year-old Mexican actor/singer only has a handful of projects under his belt, but has apparently demonstrated a lot of potential.

No word on what projects Canto or Higareda may be under consideration for, but Fox currently has a Latino-themed project in the works: Silvio Horta’s Latino family dramedy centered on three sisters, which is being executive produced by Fox’s biggest Latina star, American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez.