Victor Rasuk to Star in the Coming-of-Age Dark Comedy “Wildflower”

Victor Rasuk’s career is in full bloom…

The 37-year-old Dominican American actor has been cast in Limelight and eOne’s Wildflower

Victor RasukRasuk is among a roster of new cast additions that includes two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Kannon Omachi, Brad Garrett, Reid Scott, Erika Alexander and Chris Mulkey

They join Jean SmartKiernan ShipkaAlexandra DaddarioDash MihokCharlie Plummer and Samantha Hyde.

Matt Smukler is directing; Jana Savage is writing.

Based on Smukler’s family, Wildflower is a coming-of-age dark comedy that follows Bea Johnson from birth to graduation as she navigates life with a parent with an intellectual disability and an extended family that can’t quite agree on the best way to help.

Rasuk’s previous credits include ABC’s short-lived series The Baker and the Beauty, Jack Ryan and Colony.

Christian Camargo to Star in the Coming-of-Age Horror Film “Student Body”

Christian Camargo has a new body of work…

The 48-year-old Mexican American actor has joined the cast of the feminist coming-of-age horror film Student Body. 

Christian Camargo

Camargo joins a cast that includesMontse HernandezCheyenne HaynesAnthony KeyvanHarley Quinn Smith and Austin Zajur.

The story follows high school student Jane Shipley (Hernandez) as she seeks to mend her splintering relationship with childhood best friend Merritt (Haynes), and fit in with her rebellious peers Ellis (Keyvan), Nadia (Smith) and French (Zajur). When Jane’s math teacher Mr. Aunspach (Camargo) oversteps his bounds, an apathetic high school administration forces Jane and Merritt to take matters into their own hands, driving their relationship into further turmoil and inciting deadly consequences.

Student Body marks the directorial debut of Lee Ann Kurr, who also wrote the film. 

The film is currently in production.

Camargo’s previous credits include House of CardsPenny DreadfulElementary and The Hurt Locker.

Hernandez’s credits include Jane the VirginColony,  Coco and Lowriders.

Tony Plana to Star in the Indie Comedy “Headshop”

Tony Plana is going independent

The 64-year-old Cuban actor and former Ugly Betty star has been cast in the upcoming indie comedy Headshop, directed by Kim Bass.

Tony Plana

Plana will co-star opposite Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Deon Cole, Michael Jai White, Reno Wilson, Marla Gibbs, Kris Marshall, Donis Leonard Jr., and Claudia Zevallos round out the cast of the film, which is currently shooting in Los Angles.

Written by Bass, the film follows therapist Dr. Latrice Monroe who, after a devastating loss, tries to reconnect to her roots by opening her new office in a neighborhood that’s very resistant to her services. As her new neighbors slowly open up, they inadvertently teach her the true meaning of community.

Plana’s previous credits include the television shows Jane the Virgin, Alpha House, Desperate Housewives and Colony.

Campanella to Direct the USA Network’s Drama Pilot “Colony”

Juan José Campanella is joining a colony

The 55-year-old Argentine filmmaker, who won the foreign language Oscar winner for The Secret In Their Eyes, is set to direct the USA Network’s drama pilot Colony.

Juan José Campanella

Starring former Lost co-star Josh Holloway, the family drama/thriller centers on life in Los Angeles after a mysterious “foreign” occupation. Holloway will play the main character, Will Bowman, a former FBI agent who — to protect his family — is forced to collaborate with the occupational government to bring down the growing resistance movement inside the Los Angeles colony.

Colony, written and executive produced by Lost executive producer/showrunner Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, is a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions.

Campanella’s other credits include directing episodes of Halt and Catch Fire, House MD, 30 Rock and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

USA Network Looking to Adapt Telemundo’s “La Reina del Sur”

Telemundo’s La Reina del Sur is about to get an English-language makeover…

The USA Network has given a pilot order to The Queen of the South, an English-language adaptation of the blockbuster 2011 telenovela starring Kate del Castillo.

La Reina del Sur Poster

Frequent USA collaborator Fox Television Studios (White Collar, Graceland) is set to produce the project. In his television debut, feature producer David T. Friendly (Little Miss Sunshine), who brought the project to the studio, is executive producing.

Based on the best-selling book of the same by Arturo Perez-Reverte, Queen of the South is a serialized crime drama that centers on Teresa Mendoza. When her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the leader of the cartel.

M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller (The Final Girls) wrote the script and will also executive produce the series with Pancho Mansfield.

La Reina Del Sur is not a typical telenovela, with critics noting that is feels closer to Breaking Bad than One Life To Live, and Telemundo giving it a major Emmy campaign. It was Telemundo’s most expensive telenovela ever with a budget of $10 million and became the highest-rated program in the Spanish-language network’s 19-year history, averaging nearly 4.2 million total viewers and more than 2.8 million viewers adults 18-49. Its May 30, 2011 series finale was the No. 1 broadcast program of the night, of any language.

Queen of the South joins USA’s other pilots Stanistan, Mr. Robot and Colony.