Rodriguez Signs Talent Deal with ABC/ABC Studios…

She’s already earning rave reviews for her starring role in Filly Brown, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival… And now Gina Rodriguez is preparing for the next chapter of her red-hot career.

Rodriguez, who received an Imagen Award nomination earlier this year for her work in the film Go For It!, has signed a talent holding deal with ABC and ABC Studios to star in a pilot targeted for next season.

Gina Rodriguez

She isn’t attached to a specific project yet, but Rodriguez could end up working on Marc Cherry’s Devious Maids, which revolves around four Latina maids in Beverly Hills.

Rodriguez, who has appeared on Army Wives, first gained the attention of network executives last year when she guest starred on ABC’s comedy Happy Endings.

The deal comes just shy of the world premiere of Filly Brown at the Sundance Film Festival this Friday.

The film, which centers on a young hip-hop artist from Los Angeles (Rodriguez) whose budding career comes to a crossroads when she’s offered a crack at stardom by a shady producer, has already been designated a must-see by film buyers.

Rodriguez’s “Filly Brown” Heading to Sundance…

Next month Gina Rodriguez will be heading to the Sundance Film Festival for the world premiere of her latest film Filly Brown… And she could return from Park City, Utah as the festival’s breakout star.

Gina Rodriguez Filly Brown

In the film, the Latina actress plays Maria Jose ‘Majo’ Tonorio, a tough Mexican girl in Los Angeles aspiring to become a hip-hop artist. The film, which co-stars Edward James Olmos, Jenni Rivera and Lou Diamond Phillips, follows her rise to fame and consciousness as she copes with the incarceration of her mother through her poetry and music.

Rodriguez, who received an Imagen Award nomination earlier this year for her work in the film Go For It!, is already receiving major pre-festival attention, with many predicting her show-stopping performance in the film will garner some serious recognition.

Meanwhile, Rivera—the Banda queen who recently signed a new production deal with mun2—will make her acting debut in the film as Rogriguez’s jailed mother.  

“I had to dig deep for the role,” explained Rivera to Billboard. “I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. If I can make Edward James Olmos cry, to me that means it was a success.”

Olmos, who serves as one of the film’s executive producers, says Rivera and Rodriguez will leave you in tears.

“Jenni and Gina eat up the screen, and when they’re together—Oh my God, it’s amazing,” he recently told Billboard.

The Sundance Film Festival will take place from January 19-29, 2012.