Orci Reportedly In Talks to Helm the Next “Star Trek” Film

Roberto Orci may boldly go where J.J. Abrams has gone before…

The 40-year-old Mexican American film and television writer and producer is reportedly the clear frontrunner to replace J.J. Abrams as the director of the third installment of Paramount’s Star Trek series.

Roberto Orci

Following what it calls “an aggressive lobbying campaign,” Deadline.com reports that Orci and Paramount Pictures are in talks.

Orci was a co-writer and producer on 2009’s Star Trek and it’s 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.

The news comes after Orci parted company with longtime partner Alex Kurtzman on film projects; they still continue to work on television projects together, including Sleepy Hollow and El Rey Network’s upcoming series El Matador.

It would Orci’s first time in the director’s chair, although he has plenty of experience on massive projects beyond Star Trek, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Ender’s Game and Cowboys & Aliens.

Abrams had helmed the first two Star Trek films, but surprised Paramount officlas by agreeing to relaunch the Star Wars franchise and direct the first film at Disney.

de la Reguera to Star in ABC’s “Big Thunder” Drama Pilot

Ana de la Reguera has landed a rollercoaster role… of sorts!

The 35-year-old Mexican actress has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Big Thunder, which is based on the popular rollercoaster at Disneyland.

Ana de la Reguera

Directed by Rob Bowman and written by Jason Fuchs, the project centers on a brilliant, late 19th century New York doctor. He and his family are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relocate to a frontier mining town run by a powerful, but mysterious tycoon. But the family quickly realizes that not everything in Big Thunder is as it appears.

de la Reguera will portray Selena Morales, a strong, independent, no nonsense woman who lives by her own moral code that’s been shaped by the very hard life she’s lived.

de la Reguera, whose film credits include Nacho Libre and Cowboys & Aliens, most recently appeared on television in Royal  Pains and Eastbound & Down.

She’ll next appear in Lionsgate’s Ghosts, which was previously called Jessabelle.

Orci to Pen the Sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man

Roberto Orci and his partner Alex Kurtzman will be the spinning the tale for the sequel to a highly anticipated superhero film franchise reboot.

The 38-year-old Mexican-born screenwriter and Kurtzman have been hired by Sony Pictures to write the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and executive produce the film, according to Variety.

Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci

“Alex and Bob have a unique ability to write great characters and spectacular action that makes them pitch perfect for ‘Spider-Man,’” producer Matt Tolmach said. “They have an exciting take on the franchise.”

Orci and Kurtzman, meanwhile, issued a statement expressing their enthusiasm for the project.

“We grew up as huge Spider-Man fans so, to us, the opportunity to work on this film is akin to being handed the Holy Grail. We love the direction Sony and the filmmakers are taking the Peter Parker/Spider-Man mythology,” the statement read.

The Amazing Spider-Man

James Vanderbilt, who co-authored the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man, which will open in U.S. theaters on July 3, has written the first draft of the script for the follow-up film.

Production on the sequel—slated for a May 2014 release—is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2013.

Orci and Kurtzman, two of Hollywood’s most sought-after screenwriters, have written the scripts for films such as Mission: Impossible III, Transformers, Star Trek and Cowboys & Aliens.

de la Reguera Cast in Horror Film

It’s about time for Ana de la Reguera to work on perfecting her scream face…

The 35-year-old Mexican actress and spokesmodel has been cast in the Lionsgate horror film Jessabelle, staring Sarah Snook and Mark Webber.

Ana de la Reguera

The film centers on Snook’s character Jessie, who returns to her father’s home in Louisiana after an accident robs her of the use of her legs. Once there, she must confront an enraged ghost.

de la Reguera—who has starred on HBO’s Eastbound & Down, as well as in the films Nacho Libre and Cowboys & Aliens— will play a physical therapist in the film, which began production earlier this month.

de la Reguera’s “Gateway” to Hollywood Leading Lady Status…

Ana de la Reguera is heading to the Wild West as she continues to forge a successful acting career in the United States.

The 34-year-old Mexican starlet has signed on to appear in the pilot for “Gateway,” TNT’s new post-Civil War era Western set in Colorado.

ana_de_la_reguera to star in TNT's new western

The project, being written by “Band of Brothers” scribe Bruce McKenne, centers around three brothers who take over justice in their town after their sheriff father is murdered.

The Veracruz, Mexico-born de la Reguera will play Lola Johnson, the co-owner of the town’s saloon. Her character is described as a beautiful, practical, energetic and vivacious woman who’s life gets turned upside down when she gets caught up in a love triangle between two of the brothers, played by actors Cam Gigandet y Keir O’Donnell.

Recently, the former telenovela star has appeared in the second season of HBO’s “Eastbound & Down,” as well as the summer blockbuster “Cowboys & Aliens.” She’s also served as a spokesperson for Cover Girl cosmetics.