Michael Peña to Star in Roland Emmerich’s Sci-Fi Epic “Moonfall”

Michael Peña is out of this world

The 45-year-old Mexican American actor has been cast in the Roland Emmerich-helmed sci-fi epic Moonfall.

Michael Peña

Peña joins an A-list ensemble cast that includes Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, Eme Ikwuakor, Charlie Plummer and Donald Sutherland.

The space drama takes off with a mysterious force that knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact, and against all odds, a ragtag team launches an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love and risking everything to land on the lunar surface and save our planet from annihilation.

Peña is taking over the role previously held by Stanley Tucci, who had to exit the project due to government-imposed travel restrictions banning UK flights into Canada.

Peña will play Tom Lopez, a wealthy car dealer who is married to Brian Harper’s (Wilson) ex-wife, the loving and fierce Brenda, played by Carolina Bartczak.

Emmerich, Harald Kloser, and Spenser Cohen penned the screenplay.

Centropolis is overseeing all aspects of production, financing, delivery, and distribution and marketing in collaboration with Lionsgate, AGC Studios, and other distribution partners. Lionsgate is distributing the film in North America.

Moonfall is set to hit theaters in 2022.

Peña will soon be seen starring in the Warner Bros. live-action/animation hybrid Tom & Jerry, slated to debut on HBO Max and in theaters on February 26.

Centropolis Entertainment Acquires the Screen Rights to “Maya Lord,” About Gonzalo Guerrero

The story of the father of Mexico’s first Mestizo family is headed to the big screen…

Roland Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment has acquired the screen rights to John Coe Robbins’ historical novel Maya Lord.‎

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The novel tells the fact-based story of Gonzalo Guerrero, who was shipwrecked in a violent storm in 1511, and found himself cast away on an unknown shore in the New World. He and his Spaniard shipmates were enslaved by a Mayan tribe.

With no hope of escape, the brilliant and pragmatic adventurer searches for a way to advance in a strange new culture. As one of the captives eventually joins Hernán Cortés in the conquest of Mexico, Gonzalo adopts Mayan ways and rises to become a major warlord, defending the Mayan people against Cortes and other Spanish conquistadors.

Guerrero, who married the daughter of a Maya chieftain, is generally regarded in Mexico as the father of the first Mestizo family.

Emmerich has been passionate about Guerrero’s story for years.

ReelzChannel Orders Sanchez’s “The Big Picture” Talk Show

Lauren Sanchez is shining a spotlight on the big picture to television…

ReelzChannel has ordered 26 episodes of the 43-year-old Latina news anchor’s The Big Picture.

Lauren Sanchez

The weekly talk show will cover the world of entertainment. The new late night show aims to cover all aspects of film and television in a chatty and irreverent manner.

Sanchez will co-host The Big Picture, which is set to debut on June 20, with former Telemundo host Alex Cambert.

The former So You Think You Can Dance host will also serve as the executive producer of The Big Picture.

A former Good Day LA back-up anchor and Extra! correspondent, Sanchez also appears later this summer in the Roland Emmerich-directed White House Down.

Sanchez has previously played a TV reporter in other movies like Fight Club, Fantastic Four and 2011’s We Bought A Zoo.

Curnen Lands Role in ABC Drama Pilot

Monique Gabriela Curnen could soon be back on the police beat…

The 34-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress, who has starred as a detective on The Unusuals and Lie to Me, has signed on to star on ABC’s untitled Roland Emmerich drama pilot.

Monique Gabriela Curnen

German film director, screenwriter, and producer Emmerich will co-write and direct  the project, which centers on Carter (Max Thieriot), an astrophysics grad student in NYC who learns that he is the chosen one to destroy the forces of evil.

Curnen, who has appeared as an FBI agent Fast & Furious will play tough, no-nonsense FBI Agent Tracy Meyers.