Robin De Jesus to Star in Netflix’s New Limited Series “Black Rabbit”

Robin De Jesus is hoppin’ along to his next project…

The 39-year-old Latino actor and Broadway star will star in Netflix’s new limited series Black Rabbit, which is led by stars and executive producers Jude Law and Jason Bateman.

Robin de JesusDe Jesus is part of a roster of new cast additions that includes Academy Award-winning actor Troy KotsurAbbey Lee and Odessa Young.

From Zach Baylin and Kate SusmanBlack Rabbit follows the owner of a New York City hotspot (Law) who allows his turbulent brother (Bateman) back into his life, opening up the door to escalating dangers that threaten to bring down everything he’s built.

In addition to Law and Bateman, Cleopatra Coleman, Amaka Okafor, Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, Dagmara Dominczyk and Chris Coy also star.

Kotsur will play “Joe Mancuso,” a local bookie with ties to organized crime and the brothers’ past. Lee will play “Anna,” a formidable NYC bartender. Young will play “Gen,” an East Village tattoo artist with a connection to the brothers. De Jesus plays “Tony,” a talented NY chef.

Also joining the hour-long series in recurring roles are Amir Malaklou, who will play “Naveen,” an investor in Jake’s businesses; Don Harvey will play “Matt,” an old school BK bartender. Forrest Weber who will play “Junior,” a hotheaded criminal. Francis Benhamou will play “Lisa Klein,” a journalist with New York Magazine. Gus Birney will play “Mel Whitney,” an aspiring actress and hostess. John Ales will play “Jules Zablonski,” a renowned NY artist. Steve Witting will play “Andy,” a credit card processor and money lender.

Executive producing are Bateman and Michael Costigan for Aggregate Films; Law and Ben Jackson for Riff Raff Entertainment; Zach Baylin and Kate Susman via Youngblood Pictures; Andrew Hinderaker, who will serve as co-showrunner; Zac Frognowski; Justin Levy and David Bernon and Erica Kay. Bateman will direct the first two episodes. Black Rabbit is the latest series out of Aggregate’s creative partnership with Netflix.

De Jesus, a multiple Tony Award nominee, has starred in tick, tick… BOOM!, The Boys in the Band, Milkwater and 11:55.

Peter Lanzani to Make Directorial Debut with Biopic About Argentine ‘80s Rock Icon Luca Prodan

Peter Lanzani is set to make his directorial debut…

The 32-year-old Argentine actor, singer and former child model – star of some of the greatest films and series to come out of Argentina of late, including Argentina, 1985, El Angel, The Clan, 4X4, and Un Gallo Para Esculapio – will helm a biopic of Argentine ‘80s rock icon Luca Prodan.

Peter LanzaniLanzani will also play Prodan.

Two other movers and shakers on Argentina’s film-TV scene, Argentina’s Armando Bo, an Academy Award winner for the screenplay of Alejandro González Inárritu’s “Birdman, and Luis Ortega, the multi-awarded director of Lulu and El Angel, will serve as executive producers.

The bio pic will center on the early years of Prodán, an extraordinary figure on Argentina’s ‘80s rock scene, educated like British king Charles III at Scotland’s Gordonstoun boarding school, a Virgin music exec in London and founder in Argentina of Sumo, whose combination of Joy Division-style rock, post-punk funk and reggae-ska took Buenos Aires youth by storm.

Highly cultured, though a gentleman with flashes of punkish aggro on stage, even by the time that Prodán hit Argentina in 1981 he had developed two addictions: Gin and heroine. The combination left him dead in 1987 at the age of 34.

Lanzani will co-direct the film with Martín Fisner, an assistant DP on El Marginal. Rodolfo Palacios, Sergio Olguín, Lanzani and Fisner are writing the screenplay.

The big question is what through line they will drive between ‘70s class-bound, punk-energized Britain and an Argentina of the early ‘80s emerging from a bloody dictatorship.

The biopic is set up at Bo’s Rebolución, behind his 2012 Sundance hit, The Last Elvis, and his second feature as a director, Animal, and Bo’s About Entertainment, founded in 2020 to focus on high quality entertainment for broad audiences such as El Presidente Season 2, for Prime Video.

Ortega will produce out of El Despacho, launched in 2020 in Buenos Aires by Ortega, Esteban Perroud and Palacios to develop original ideas, independent formats and big scale work, whose auteur work stands out in the international market.

Its first project, directed by Ortega, The Jockey, starring Úrsula Corberó and Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, is now in post-production.

Paco Leon to Star in the Spanish Psychological Thriller “From the Shadows”

Paco Leon is heading into the Shadows

The 46-year-old Spanish actor will star opposite Leonor Watling in psychological thriller From the Shadows (Desde la Sombra), a film adaptation by Spanish writer Juan José Millas, winner of most of Spain’s foremost literary awards, including the Planeta, Nadal and National Narrative Awards.

Paco Leon

The film will be directed by Felix Viscarret

A star of sitcom Aida, a free-to-air television phenomenon from 2005-14, and most recently Netflix Mexico’s hit House of Flowers, Leon co-wrote and directed Arde Madrid, a Movistar Plus Rose d’Or winning original series.

Star of Pedro Almodovar’s Academy Award-winning Talk to Her, Watling confirmed her comic talents most recently in Movistar Plus’ excruciatingly discomforting Russian mob comedy Nasdrovia.

Produced by Academy Award winning Tornasol Media and co-produced by Belgium’s Entre Chien et Loup, From the Shadows will be brought onto the international market at Ventana Sur by Latido Films.

Co-written by David Muñoz, From the Shadows turns on Damián who, to escape from his boss, hides in a massive antique wardrobe that is delivered to a middle-class home, inhabited by Lucia and Fede and their teenage daughter. A persistent fantasist – he imagines himself as a TV celebrity delivering candid interviews to prestigious journalists – Damián realizes that staying in the wardrobe gives him a chance to lead the normal life he has always missed.

He becomes the family’s guardian angel, doing the housework in its absence, as his hold on reality crumbles and Lucia, on anti-depressants, believes the wardrobe hides the specter of her dead brother.

“This story is a portrait of the madness, sometimes strange, sometimes comical, we all have: Dialogues we carry on with ourselves, how we fall in love, how we deny realities,” said Viscarret, saying he likes to dance between the comical and melancholic.

Championed by Fernando Trueba off the back of a notable short, Dreamers, Viscarret’s debut, Under the Stars, produced by Cristina Huete, confirmed his passion for bringing a human dimension to lost cause characters, which he aims to repeat in From the Shadows, he said.

“I like to fix my gaze on clumsy, hurt or humiliated characters who, generating compassion, struggle to make things better. Even if that fight is not successful, even if the final redemption – like in this case – is loaded with contradictions, it makes it all worthwhile.”

“Felix is one of Spain’s most talented young directors, he has a unique capacity of inventing worlds. In this case, the novel he adapts is from one of Spanish greatest living writers,” said Latido Films head Antonio Saura.

Saura added: “What is even more interesting, it is a great adaptation, that mixes humor and genre in a very intelligent way and, of course, the cast is brilliant!”

Gael García Bernal to Star in Good Film Collective’s “People of the Book” Film

Gael García Bernal is hittin’ the book(s)…

The 41-year-old Mexican actor and producer will star in People of the Book, a film that Good Films Collective has put together, based on the New York Times bestseller from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks.

Gael García Bernal

Garcia Bernal will star opposite Nazanin Boniadi and Jason Isaacs will star in the film, which tells the moving history behind the creation of the Sarajevo Haggadah— an illuminated manuscript that contains the illustrated traditional text of the Passover Haggadah which accompanies the Passover Seder

It originated in Barcelona in 1350, and the film will tell the journey taken by people from different cultures and religions who risked their lives to save it. 

The film will be helmed by Academy Award winner Danis Tanovic and is written by Petter Skavlan.

Bérénice Bejo to Star in Pablo Trapero’s Thriller “La Quietud”

Bérénice Bejo is embracing the tranquilty

The 41-year-old Argentine actress will star in the Argentine thriller La Quietud from Pablo Trapero, who won the 2015 Silver Lion Best Director prize at the Venice Film Festival for El Clan.

Berenice Bejo

The film stars Bejo, Martina Gusmán and Edgar Ramírez and centers on two sisters’ re-encounter and attempt at closure on a common troubled past.

The film is being produced by Trapero’s Matanza Cine and Telefé in coproduction with Sony Pictures International Productions.

Production has begun in Buenos Aires.

Bejo earned an Academy Award nomination for her breakthrough role in The Artist. Her other film credits include A Knight’s Tale, The Past and The Search.

Ryan Guzman to Star in the 9/11-Themed Drama “Windows on the World”

Ryan Guzman is opening a window on th world…

The 29-year-old half-Mexican American actor will star opposite Edward James Olmos in the feature film Windows on the World, a father-son drama about the aftermath of 9/11, according to Variety.

Ryan Guzman

Shooting will begin on July 10 in Mexico and New York City.

Olmos’ son Michael D. Olmos will direct from a script by Robert Mailer Anderson and Zack Anderson.

“Windows on the World” will start in Mexico, where a man watches the news on September 11, 2001, with his family and travels to New York City to find his father, who was working on the top floor of the Twin Towers. The Windows on the World venues were on the top floors of the North Tower.

Guzman rose to fame in Step Up: Revolution and Step Up All In, then starred in The Boy Next Door with Jennifer Lopez, Jem and the Holograms, and in Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some.

Olmos broke out in 1981’s Zoot Suit and 1982’s Blade Runner. He was nominated for a best actor Academy Award for Stand and Deliver and starred in the series Battlestar Galactica and Miami Vice. He is reprising his role as Gaff in the upcoming Blade Runner 2049.

Michael D. Olmos has directing credits on Filly Brown, The Green Ghost, and Bedrooms.

Longoria In Talks to Star in BBC Two’s “Decline and Fall” Project

Eva Longoria is Fall(ing) for her next project…

The 41-year-old Mexican American actress and former Desperate Housewives star is in final talks to star opposite British comedy star Jack Whitehall in BBC Two’s high-end adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic social satire Decline and Fall.

Eva Longoria

James Wood is adapting the three-part miniseries, which is set in 1920s Wales.

A bitingly funny satire, Decline And Fall follows the life and times of hapless Paul Pennyfeather (Whitehall), who is sent down from Oxford after a wild, drunken party and finds himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at a boys’ private school in Wales. There he meets the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde (Longoria), the wealthy, powerful, and beautiful South American woman, who becomes the object of his affections.

Guillem Morales is set to direct. Principal photography is set to commence July 18th for seven weeks in Wales.

Longoria is a Golden Globe-nominated and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning multi-hyphenate. Since breaking through on Desperate Housewives, Longoria has guest starred on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine Nine, Lifetime’s Devious Maids, and starred on NBC’s Telenovela — the latter two of which she also exec produced through her production banner UnbeliEVAble Entertainment.

Longoria also has several upcoming films including the Jason Blum/Brian Grazer produced Lowriders; and Refugio, written and directed by Academy Award-nominee Demian Bichir.

Additionally, Longoria has just secured a guest role on the new Lorne Michaels’ variety series for NBC Maya and Marty.

Bejo to Star in the French Film “Le Dernier Diamant”

Bérénice Bejo will be shining bright like a diamond (owner) in her next picture…

The 36-year-old Argentine actress has been cast in the French film Le Dernier Diamant, a heist film that follows an ex-con coerced into taking part in the theft of a celebrated diamond during an auction in Antwerp and who becomes entangled with the diamond’s owner.

Berenice Bejo

Bejo, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the Best Picture-winner The Artist, will portray the owner of the diamond in the Eric Barbier-directed film.

Le Dernier Diamant, which co-stars Yvan Attal, Jean-François Stévenin and Annie Cordy, will begin filming next week.

Bejo’s most recent projects include voicing the character of Mérida in the French-dubbed version of Disney’s Brave and appearing in the 2012 French comedy  Populaire.

Bardem Earns Saturn Award Nomination…

He may not have earned an Academy Award nomination this year, but Javier Bardem is still having an out of this world awards season…

The 43-year-old Spanish actor has received a Saturn Award nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for his critically acclaimed role in the latest installment of the James Bond franchise, Skyfall.

Javier Bardem

The awards, in their 39th year, celebrate the best genre films, television shows and home entertainment.

Bardem, whose performance has earned recognition from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the London Film Critics’ Circle, has been nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category. He’s up against PrometheusMichael Fassbender, The AvengersClark Gregg, The Dark Knight RisesJoseph Gordon-Levitt, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’s Ian McKellen and Django Unchained’s Christoph Waltz.

Meanwhile, Oscar-nominee Paco Delgado is nominated in the Best Costume category for his work on Tom Hooper‘s film adaptation of the Broadway musical Les Misérables.

The Saturn Awards will be presented in June, though the ceremony’s exact date and location have yet to be announced.

FX Orders 13-Episodes of “The Bridge,” Starring Demián Bichir

Following his impressive recurring roles on Showtime’s Weeds, Demián Bichir will headline his American television series.

FX has put in a 13-episode order for The Bridge, the drama pilot starring the 49-year-old Mexican actor and Academy Award nominee and Diane Kruger.

Demian Bichir & Diane Kruger

Based on the Scandinavian series Bron, which was set on the border of Denmark and Sweden, The Bridge takes place on the border between El Paso and Juarez. It centers on two detectives — one from the United States, Detective Sonya Cross (Kruger), and one from Mexico, Marco Ruiz (Bichir) — who have to work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the frontera.

“For years networks having been trying develop a drama series set on the U.S.-Mexican border without any success,” said FX president John Landgraf. ”I’m thrilled to say that Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid have become the first to crack that creative code and they have done so magnificently. There have been great films set in that world — No Country for Old Men and Lone Star come to mind — but never a great TV series. This one is special. The setting, the writing, the direction, and the way it is brought to life by Demián Bichir, Diane Kruger and the rest of the cast makes for truly riveting drama.”

The Bridge co-stars Ted Levine, Annabeth Gish and Thomas M. Wright; with Matthew Lillard guest-starred in the Gerardo Naranjo-directed pilot.

Filming on the series will begin in April for a July 2013 premiere.