Nicholas Gonzalez to Star in the Survival Thriller “Borrego”

Nicholas Gonzalez is ready to lay down the law

The 44-year-old Mexican American actor will star opposite Lucy Hale in the survival thriller Borrego.

Nicholas Gonzalez

Hale will play a young botanist who relocates to a small desert town to study an invasive plant species. While out conducting research, she comes to the aid of a downed plane only to find herself taken captive by an inexperienced drug mule who forces her to lead a trek across the sweltering desert to his drop.

The local sheriff (portrayed by Gonzalez) is drawn into the hunt as his rebellious daughter sets out to find the missing botanist, all while being pursued by a local drug receiver.

Costa Rican actor Leynar Gómez, Latino actor Jorge A. Jimenez and Mexican American actress Olivia Trujillo round out the cast.

Jesse Harris will direct the film from his own script, and he’ll produce. Hale will serve as executive producer.

Gonzalez currently stars on ABC’s The Good Doctor. His other television credits include appearances on Being Mary JaneNarcosHow to Get Away With Murder and Pretty Little Liars.

His film credits include The Purge: AnarchyFalling Awake and Rockaway.

Maurice Compte Signs with APA

Maurice Compte has new representation…

The Cuban American actor, best known for his role as tough Colombian cop Carillo on the first two seasons of Netflix’s Narcos, has signed with APA (Agency for the Performing Arts) in all areas.

Maurice Compte

Compte, who stars as Kevin on Mayans MC, has also starred as high-level drug dealer Diego on the hit Starz series Power, and a season-long arc on From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.

He’s also appeared on Kevin Can WaitThe Last ShipCSI24Burn NoticeLie To MeSouthland and most recently on the CW’s In The Dark.

On the film side, Compte also recently starred in Den Of Thieves opposite Gerard Butler, and appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. 

Other feature credits include The Dream CatcherBefore Night FallsAll The Real GirlsEnd Of Watch and A Walk Among The Tombstones.

Freestyle Releasing Picks Up Adan Canto’s Romantic Drama “2 Hearts”

Adan Canto’s heartwill flutter in September…

Freestyle Releasing has picked up the romantic drama 2 Heartsstarring the 38-year-old Mexican actor,with an eye on a September 11 release.

Adan Canto

The film follows two couples who were never destined to meet, but are thrown together by destiny and fate. 

2 Hearts is based on the true stories of Leslieand Jorge Bacardi, of the famous Bacardi Rum family company, and Christopher Gregory, whose struggles and triumphs led to greater acts of kindness and giving than any of them knew were possible.

Jacob Elordi,Tiera Skovbye, Canto and Radha Mitchell  star in the Lance Hooldirected and produced feature.

“We believe 2 Hearts is the kind of heartwarming and uplifting love story that audiences need right now and will want to experience,” said Freestyle’s Head of Acquisitions Chris Charalambous. “Director Lance Hool and his team have created a beautiful, memorable movie about romance and the pure power of connection based on real events that is not only heartfelt, but the perfect film for this moment. For all of us who are fans of love stories, 2 Hearts is cast with rising stars in unforgettable roles.”

Hool, said, “2 Hearts is the movie medicine we all need right now. When my brother and I met the real Jorge and Leslie and heard their amazing story, I was awestruck. Their love and their journey touched me deeply and I had to share this story because this is fundamentally about connection, love and destiny.”

Veronica Hool and Robin U. Russin wrote the movie. 

Canto’s previous credits include television appearances on Designated Survivor, Narcos and Blood & Oil, and on film in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Sandra Cisneros’ Iconic “The House on Mango Street” to be Adapted into a TV Drama

Sandra Cisneros’ iconic novel is headed to the small screen…

The 65-year-old Mexican-American author’s coming-of-age novel The House on Mango Street will be adapted into a television drama by Gaumont, the producer behind the Netflix hit Narcos.

Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street is made up of a series of vignettes about the characters that populate a blue-collar Chicago neighborhood, seen through the eyes of a Mexican-American teenager, who acts as narrator for the reader.

Regarded as a classic in Chicana literature, the 1984 book has been described as a telenovela of sorts by The New York Timesand has made its way on to the curriculum in some U.S. schools and colleges.

Cisneros has previously declined offers to adapt the book for film and television, according to Gaumont, but she changed her mind amid the explosion in streaming services and the ongoing dialogue about immigration in America.

“I write because the world we live in is a house on fire, and the people we love are burning,” she said. “Television has grown up in the last 20 years and now is the time to tell our stories.”

Cisneros will serve as an executive producer on the show, if commissioned. The project will be overseen by Alexandra Hunter, Gaumont’s senior vice president of creative affairs, and Tely Morrison, manager of creative affairs.

Gene Stein, Gaumont’s president of U.S. Television, said: “The House on Mango Street is a timeless story that captures the struggles, dreams, and spirit of a young woman who epitomizes the experience of many young women coming of age in America today. It’s an inspiring and uplifting story that speaks to the challenges faced by so many trying to find their place in society.”

Netflix Releases Trailer for New Season of Diego Luna’s “Narcos: Mexico”

Diego Luna is headed back to the cartel…

Netflix has announced that season 2 of Narcos: Mexico, starring the 40-year-old Mexican actor/filmmaker, will start streaming on February 13. A trailer for the new installment was also released.

Diego Luna

As returning cartel boss Miguel Gallardo (Luna) sits at the head of a table, surrounded by friends and enemies (everyone is revealed to be packing heat), a DEA agent (Scoot McNairy) listens and says, “Backstabbing’s hard work; it wears you out, eventually. No one stays on top forever. And no one is untouchable.”

After three seasons in Colombia, the series changed locations for Narcos: Mexico and focused on two new characters: Miguel and Kiki Camarena (Michael Peña).

Season 1 concluded with McNairy’s unnamed DEA agent, who previously served as narrator and had been unseen, making his way south of the border to take down Gallardo for Camarena’s murder.

Adan Canto to Star Opposite Halle Berry in Her Feature Directorial Debut “Bruised”

Adan Cantois ready to fight…

The 38-year-old Mexican actor has been cast in the Halle Berry’s feature directorial debut, the MMA drama Bruised.

Adan Canto

Written by Michelle Rosenfarb, the film follows Jackie Justice (played by Berry), a washed-up MMA wrestler who has failed at the one thing she’s ever been good at – fighting. When 6-year-old Manny, the son she walked out on years ago, returns to her doorstep, Jackie has to conquer her own demons, face one of the fiercest rising stars of the MMA world and ultimately fight to become the mother this kid deserves.

Canto will play Berry’s character’s MMA manager and boyfriend.

Canto’s credits include the acclaimed Netflix series NarcosABC’s Designated Survivor and Blood and Oil and Fox’s The Following

On the film side, he co-starred as the Sunspot in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. He recently wrote, directed and produced his first short The Shot, starring Theo Rossi.

Juan Pablo Raba to Star in Paramount Network’s Drama Series “Coyote”

Juan Pablo Raba is on the hunt…

The 42-year-old Colombian actor will star opposite Michael Chiklis in Coyote, Paramount Network’s one-hour scripted drama series from Emmy-winning executive producer and director Michelle MacLarenDark Horse Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television.

Juan Pablo Raba

 

Written by David Graziano, Michael Carnes and Josh GilbertCoyote is the story of Ben Clemens (Chiklis), who, after 32 years as a U.S. Border Patrolagent, is forced to work for the very people he spent his career trying to keep out of America. Now exposed to life on the other side of the wall, Ben will start to question his black-and-white views of the world, challenging his ideology and his loyalties.

Raba will play El Catrin, head of a small family cartel in Mexico. El Catrin is something of an anomaly — charming and impeccably dressed, a man of his word who would just as soon invite you to dinner as have you killed for breaking a deal.

Coyoteis slated to premiere in 2020.

Raba recently wrapped production on action-thriller The Minuteman alongside Liam Neeson, from director Robert Lorenzs

On television, Raba is known for his starring role as Ricky Ortiz on the military drama Six, which aired for two seasons on History, and for his role as Gustavo, on Narcos. Raba can be seen in Netflix’s original Colombian series, Distrito Salvaje, in which he stars and also executive produces. He’s also known for his recurring role in the third season of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. His character Joey Gutierrez is the first openly gay hero in the Marvelfranchise. 

Juan Pablo Raba to Star in the Action Thriller “The Minuteman”

Juan Pablo Raba is staying up to the Minute(man)

The 42-year-old Colombian actor has joined the cast of The Minuteman, the action thriller starring Liam Neeson.

Juan Pablo Raba

The film follows a rancher (Neeson) on the Arizona border who becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy desperately fleeing the cartel assassins (led by Raba) who’ve pursued him into the U.S. 

Hailing from Sculptor Media, the film is being directed by Robert Lorenz.

The screenplay is from Chris Charles and Danny Kravitz, with Lorenz penning the latest draft.

The Minuteman begins production next week in New Mexico and Ohio.

Raba, who played Gustavo Gaviria on Netflix’s Narcos, is next up starring opposite Lawrence Fishburne in the film Imprisoned.

Sebastian Chacon to Star in Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” Spinoff “City of Angels”

Sebastian Chacon is ready to Fly

The Latino actor has joined the cast of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful spinoff City of Angels.

Sebastian Chacon

Chacon will play the character of Fly Rico, the powerful leader of the Pachucos, a Latino “Zoot Suit” gang. Rico exudes an irresistible bravado and is slick, smart and dangerous.

Chacon joins a robust cast that includes Daniel ZovattoNatalie DormerKerry BishéAdriana BarrazaRory KinnearJessica Garza ,Johnathan NievesMichael Gladisand Nathan Lane

Other recurring roles will be filled by Lorenza IzzoAdam Rodriguez, Thomas KretschmannDominic Sherwood and Ethan Peck.

A spiritual descendant of the story set in Victorian-era London, the next chapter of the Penny Dreadful saga will employ a new vision, new characters and storylines. 

It opens in 1938 Los Angeles; a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega (Zovatto) is embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Before long, Tiago and his family are grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart.

Chacon has appeared in Netflix’s Tales of the CityThe CodePose, Chicago FireUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Narcos and the indie film Angelfish.

Karla Souza to Star in Amazon’s FIFA Gate-Inspired Drama “El Presidente”

Karla Souzawill be acting presidential…

The 33-year-old Mexican actress and How to Get Away with Murder star is set to star in Amazon’s FIFA drama El Presidente.

Karla Souza

Andrés Parra (Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal) and Paulina Gaitán (Diablo Guardian) also star in the eight-part series, which is produced by Oscar‐winning director Pablo Larrain’s production company Fabula (A Fantastic Woman), Narcosproducer Gaumont and Argentine producer Kapow.

Birdman’sArmando Bowill direct and executive-produce the series, which is inspired by the real-life characters and events behind the 2015 “FIFA Gate” corruption scandal.

The series explores the scandal from the angle of a small‐time Chilean football club president who rises from obscurity to become a key player in a $150M bribery conspiracy. Set against the backdrop of cities across Latin America, the U.S. and Europe, the series explores the sports scandal that rocked the world through the story of Jadue (Parra), a small‐time Chilean football club president who rose from obscurity to become a key player in a $150M bribery conspiracy at the hand of the infamous president of the Argentine football association, Julio Grondona.

It will air on Amazon’s SVOD service in more than 200 countries and territories.

El Presidente will show the world, with loads of irony, how the most beloved sport of all is in fact a multimillionaire business run by a ridiculous mob we have never seen before: the Football Mafia,” added Bo.

Souza’s previous credits include Everybody Loves Somebody and 31 días.