Amazon Studios Acquires Rights to Carbonell’s “Crown Heights”

Nestor Carbonell’s latest project is reaching new heights…

Amazon Studios has picked up worldwide rights to the prison drama Crown Heights, starring the 49-year-old Cuban/Spanish American actor, for $2 million-plus, according to Variety.

Nestor Carbonell

The film, which premiered to strong reviews on Monday as part of the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition, stars Lakeith Stanfield as a real-life Brooklyn man wrongfully convicted of murder. His only hope at freedom is his friend (played by former NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha), who fights for more than 20 years to reverse the verdict. Carbonell portrays Bruce Regenstreich. The film also stars Yul Vasquez as Commissioner Rafello.

Matt Ruskin directed and wrote the film, which was shot in New York and will receive a theatrical release.

Carbonell’s previous film credits include The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight and For Greater Glory.

Garcia to Star in “Admissions”

It’s time for Andy Garcia to make some admissions

The 56-year-old Cuban American actor is set to star opposite Vera Farmiga in the indie romantic comedy Admissions. In addition, Garcia will produce the film through his CineSon Productions.

Andy Garcia

Admissions centers on a once-in-a-lifetime relationship that grows between two strangers over the course of a single day. Garcia will portray buttoned-up heart surgeon George, who’s taking his son Conrad on a walking tour of a beautiful small college. Farmiga will play Edith, a free-spirited mom taking her driven daughter Audrey on the same tour. Failing comically to connect with their respective children, George and Edith decide to play “tour hooky” together for the rest of the afternoon. The result is a surprising romance and the greatest half-day of their lives.

Garcia, who received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in The Godfather: Part III toplines two soon-to-be released films—For Greater Glory and The Truth, which he filmed with Eva Longoria.