Marc Menchaca to Star in Apple TV+’s Limited Series “The Big Cigar”

Marc Menchaca is going undercover…

The 46-year-old half-Mexican American actor has joined the cast of Apple TV+’s six-episode limited series The Big Cigar, which is centered on Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton.

Marc MenchacaMenchaca, who most recently starred on Netflix’s Ozark, will star alongside André Holland, Don Cheadle, Alessandro Nivola and Tiffany Boone in the project.

Based on the eponymous Playboy magazine article by Joshuah Bearman, the series tells the extraordinary, hilarious, almost-too-good-to-be-true story of how Newton relied on his best friend, Bert Schneider (Nivola), the Hollywood producer behind Easy Rider, to elude a nationwide manhunt and escape to Cuba while being pursued into exile by the FBI.

Menchaca will portray Agent Sydney Clark. A former lawyer and Vietnam vet from Oklahoma, Clark lives undercover as a dirty hippie while pursuing Newton, who is wanted on charges of killing a teenage prostitute.

NAACP Image Award winner Janine Sherman Barrois is serving as The Big Cigar‘s showrunner. Jim Hecht wrote the show’s first episode, with Cheadle directing and executive producing the first two.

The show hails from Warner Bros. Television, where Barrois and her Folding Chair Productions are under an overall deal. Barrois and Hecht are executive producing alongside Bearman, Joshua Davis and Arthur Spector through their production company Epic, a division of Vox Media Studios.

Menchaca is best known for his scene-stealing turns as Jack Hoskins on HBO’s hit series The Outsider, and as Russ Langmore on the Emmy-winning Netflix drama series Ozark.

He will next be seen in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, HBO’s miniseries The White House Plumbers, John Hyams’ thriller Sick and Gareth Edwards’ sci-fi pic True Love for New Regency.

 

His additional television credits include Black MirrorHomelandMacGyverBlue BloodsChicago P.D.Sleepy HollowThe Blacklist, Law & Order: SVU, CSI and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Marc Menchaca to Star in Gareth Edwards’ New Film “True Love”

Marc Menchaca has found true love

The 46-year-old Mexican American actor has joined the cast of Gareth Edwards’ New Regency film True Love, which has entered production in Thailand.

Marc MenchacaMenchaca, who has starred in Ozark and The Outsider, will star alongside John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Allison Janney, Benedict Wong and Sturgill Simpson in the film.

The latest film written and directed by Edwards is billed as an original sci-fi story set in the near future. Specifics as to its plot are currently undisclosed.

Edwards is producing the film with his Rogue One collaborator Kiri Hart and New Regency, which has provided the film’s financing.

Menchaca is perhaps best known for his scene-stealing turns as Jack Hoskins in HBO’s hit series The Outsider, and as Russ Langmore in the Emmy-winning Netflix drama series Ozark.

The actor most recently wrapped production on the Netflix feature No One Gets Out Alive, and the action-thriller Gypsy Moon alongside Lena Headey and Sam Worthington.

He made a recent appearance on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and will soon be featured in its upcoming series The White House Plumbers, as well as an upcoming episode of Amazon Prime’s Jack Ryan. His additional television credits include Black MirrorHomeland, MacGyverBlue BloodsChicago P.D.Sleepy HollowThe Blacklist, Law & Order: SVU, CSI and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

NBC Gives Series Order to Morena Baccarin’s Bank Heist Drama “The Endgame”

It’s (end)game on for Morena Baccarin

NBC has handed a series order to the bank heist drama The Endgame, starring the 42-year-old Brazilian actress and Ryan Michelle Bathe.

Morena Baccarin, Ryan Michelle Bathe, The Endgame

The drama comes from Nick WoottonJake Coburn, Justin Lin and Julie Plec.

Universal Television is the studio.

Written by Wootton and Coburn, the formerly untitled project is a high-stakes thriller about Elena Federova, a very recently captured international arms dealer and brilliant criminal mastermind who even in captivity orchestrates a number of coordinated bank heists, and Val Turner, the principled, relentless and socially outcast FBI agent who will stop at nothing to foil her ambitious plan.

Homeland alum Baccarin plays Federova, while First Wives Club’s Bathe plays Turner.

The cast also includes Kamal Angelo Bolden, Costa Ronin, Noah Bean, Jordan Johnson-Hinds and Mark D. Espinoza.

It’s not clear whether the series will air in the 2021-22 broadcast season, which includes new dramas including La Brea and Ordinary Joe.

Morena Baccarin to Star in NBC’s Untitled Bank Heist Drama Pilot

Morena Baccarin is reaching new heists

The 42-year-old Brazilian actress will star alongside Ryan Michelle Bathé in NBC’s untitled bank heist drama pilot from Nick Wootton and Jake Coburn; Julie Plec’s My So-Called Company; and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.

Written by Wootton and directed by Justin Lin, the project is a high-stakes two-hander about Elena Federova (Baccarin), a recently captured international arms dealer and brilliant criminal mastermind who orchestrates a number of coordinated bank heists throughout NYC for a mysterious purpose, and Val Fitzgerald (Bathé), the principled, relentless and socially outcast FBI agent who will stop at nothing to foil her ambitious plan.

The sexy and twisted heist series reveals how far some people will go for love, justice and the most valuable commodity in the world: the truth.

Known for playing the female lead in the Deadpool franchise, Baccarin co-starred opposite Gerard Butler in STX’s disaster-thriller Greenland.

In 2019, she wrapped two features, The Good House opposite Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline; and Waldo, an action-suspense film opposite Charlie Hunnam and Mel Gibson.

Baccarin, Emmy-nominated for her role on Showtime’s Homeland, was the romantic lead in the latest season of Brazil’s Sessao de Terapia. Based on international format In Treatment, which was adapted by HBO in the U.S., Sessao is now in its fourth season in Baccarin’s native country.

Michael Cuesta to Direct ABC’s Latinx-Themed Drama Pilot “Promised Land”

Michael Cuesta has landed a promising project…

The 57-year-old Latino film and television director has been tapped to direct and executive produce ABC’s drama pilot Promised Land..

Michael Cuesta

Written by Matt LopezPromised Land is an epic, generation-spanning drama about two Latinx families vying for wealth and power in California’s Sonoma Valley.

The cast includes John Ortiz as Joe Sandoval, patriarch of the Sandoval family, Cecilia Suárez as Lettie Sandoval, matriarch of the Sandoval family, Augusto Aguilera as Mateo Sandoval, the hardworking, highly capable general manager of the Heritage Vineyard and stepson to patriarch Joe Sandoval, Mariel Molino as Camila Sandoval, the youngest daughter of the Sandoval family, Christina Ochoa as Veronica Sandoval, the eldest daughter of the Sandovals, as well as Andres Velez as Carlos Rincón, a young immigrant who comes to the Heritage Vineyard in search of a better life.

Lopez executive produces with Cuesta and Adam Kolbrenner of Lit Entertainment Group. ABC Signature is the studio.

Cuesta also is one of the directors, working with Barry Levinson, on Dopesick, Hulu’s upcoming eight-episode limited series written by Danny Strong, based on Beth Macy’s bestselling book, from The Handmaid’s Tale executive producer Warren Littlefield and Touchstone Television.

He most recently served as executive producer and director, including on the pilot episode, of Homeland, which recently wrapped its eighth and final season on Showtime.

In addition to Homeland, Cuesta directed the pilots for Dexter, Blue Bloods and City on a Hill. His episodic directing credits include Elementary, True Blood and Billions, among others.

Melissa Navia to Star in Paramount+’s New Original Series “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”

Melissa Navia is ready to trek around the universe…

The Colombian-American actor, writer, and stand-up comedian has joined the cast of Paramount+’s upcoming new original series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds as production officially gets underway in Toronto.

Melissa Navia

Navia joins a cast of series regulars that includes Babs Olusanmokun, Christina Chong, Celia Rose Gooding and Jess Bush.

The series is based on the years Captain Christopher Pike manned the helm of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Navia and the gang join previously announced cast members Ethan Peck, Anson Mount and Rebecca Romijn, who will be reprising their roles from Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery.

The Strange New Worlds‘ premiere episode is written by Star Trek: Picard EP Akiva Goldsman from a story the Oscar winner wrote with Alex Kurtzman and fellow EP Jenny Lumet. Goldsman and Henry Alonso Myers serve as co-showrunners, with Goldsman directing the premiere episode.

The series is distributed by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group.

Navia’s recent television credits include a recurring role on AMC’s Dietland and guest roles on Showtime’s Billions and Homeland.

In March 2020, she made her Off-Broadway debut in the praised Bundle of Sticks at INTAR Theatre.

Morena Baccarin to Star in the Nourish Thriller “Tropico”

Morena Baccarin is hittin’ the tropics…

The 40-year-old Brazilian actress is set to star in director Giada Colagrande’s Tropico, a noirish thriller set in Brazil.

Morena Baccarin

Baccarin will star opposite Pedro Pascal and Willem Dafoein the film, from a screenplay by Barry Gifford.

In Tropico, Dafoe plays Raymond Sanz, a veteran operative hired to spy on Mark, an American businessman (Pascal) in a steamy costal town in Northern Brazil. However, things get more complicated when Sanz falls simultaneously for Mark’s wife, the mysterious and beautiful Lucia (Baccarin), and her equally beautiful identical twin sister, Olivia (Baccarin).

“Barry’s atmospheric screenplay is an exotic thriller in the best traditions of the noir genre,” said Colagrande, “and I also couldn’t be more excited to work with such an accomplished group of actors.”

Eclipse Pictureshas acquired the worldwide sales rights to Tropico.

Colagrande previously directed Padre and her debut film Open My Heart played at Venice Film Festivalin 2002.

Production on the film is due to start in the first quarter of 2020 in São Luis Do Maranhão, Northern Brazil.

In addition to her regular roles on the iconic series Homeland and Gotham, Baccarin has two Deadpool blockbusters under her belt and next stars opposite Gerard Butlerin Greenland forSTX Filmsand opposite Charlie Hunnam and Mel Gibsonin Waldo.

Pascal, who starred on television in Game of Thrones and Narcos and appeared in the Equalizer 2 film, will next be seen in the Robert Rodriguez-directed We Can Be Heroes, and opposite Gal Gadotin the sequel Wonder Woman 1984. He also stars in the title role of Jon Favreau’s upcoming Star Wars spinoff, The Mandalorian.

TBS to Premiere Second Season of Pineda’s “The Detour” in February

Daniella Pineda is taking another Detour in 2017…

TBS has scheduled the Season 2 premiere of its hit comedy series The Detour, featuring the 29-year-old Latina actress, for Monday, February 21 at 10:00 pm ET.

Daniella Pineda

Created, written and executive-produced by Jason Jones and Samantha BeeThe Detour stars Jones, along with Natalie Zea, Ashley Gerasimovich, Liam Carroll and Pineda, who stars as Vanessa..

Season 2 picks up with Nate (Jones) receiving a promising job opportunity and the family moving to New York City for a fresh start. Everyone is excited except for Robin (Zea), who knows that a move to the big city means her mysterious past may catch up with her. While Nate and Robin adjust to new jobs, new neighbors and old flames, Jared (Carroll) and Delilah (Gerasimovich) dive headfirst into the awkwardness of adolescence.

Season 2 also will feature several special guests, including series executive producer and co-creator Bee, as well as James Cromwell, John Oliver, Laura Benanti, Jeffrey Vincent Parise and Max Casella.

The second season of The Detour is executive-produced by Jones, Bee, Brennan Shroff and Tony Hernandez.

Pineda’s previous credits include The Originals, Homeland, Men of a Certain Age and American Odyssey.

Baccarin Earns First-Ever MTV Movie Awards Nominations

Morena Baccarin has a (Dead)pool of reasons to celebrate…

The 36-year-old Brazilian-American actress has earned her first ever MTV Movie Awards nominations for playing Ryan Reynolds’ love interest in Deadpool.

Morena Baccarin in Deadpool

The former Homeland star is nominated for Best Female Performance, where she’ll face stiff competition from Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect 2), Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road), Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Jennifer Lawrence (Joy).

Baccarin and Reynolds are also nominated in the Best Kiss category.

The awards show will be hosted by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart on Sunday, April 10.

Here are this year’s MTV Movie Awards nominees:

MOVIE OF THE YEAR

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Creed
  • Deadpool
  • Jurassic World
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Straight Outta Compton

TRUE STORY

  • Concussion
  • Joy
  • Steve Jobs
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • The Big Short
  • The Revenant

DOCUMENTARY

  • Amy
  • Cartel Land
  • He Named Me Malala
  • The Hunting Ground
  • The Wolfpack
  • What Happened, Miss Simone?

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE

  • Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
  • Anna Kendrick – Pitch Perfect 2
  • Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
  • Morena Baccarin – Deadpool

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE

  • Chris Pratt – Jurassic World
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
  • Matt Damon – The Martian
  • Michael B. Jordan – Creed
  • Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool
  • Will Smith – Concussion

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

  • Amy Schumer – Trainwreck
  • Brie Larson – Room
  • Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Dakota Johnson – Fifty Shades of Grey
  • John Boyega – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • O’Shea Jackson Jr. – Straight Outta Compton

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE

  • Amy Schumer – Trainwreck
  • Kevin Hart – Ride Along 2
  • Melissa McCarthy – Spy
  • Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect 2
  • Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool
  • Will Ferrell – Get Hard

BEST ACTION PERFORMANCE

  • Chris Pratt – Jurassic World
  • Dwayne Johnson – San Andreas
  • Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
  • John Boyega – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool
  • Vin Diesel – Furious 7

BEST HERO

  • Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Chris Evans – Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Dwayne Johnson – San Andreas
  • Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
  • Paul Rudd – Ant-Man

BEST VILLAIN

  • Adam Driver – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Ed Skrein – Deadpool
  • Hugh Keays-Byrne – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • James Spader – Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Samuel L. Jackson – Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Tom Hardy – The Revenant

BEST VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE

  • Amy Poehler – Inside Out
  • Andy Serkis – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Jack Black – Kung Fu Panda 3
  • James Spader – Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Lupita Nyong’o – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Seth MacFarlane – Ted 2

ENSEMBLE CAST

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Furious 7
  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
  • Trainwreck

BEST KISS

  • Amy Schumer & Bill Hader – Trainwreck
  • Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan – Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Leslie Mann & Chris Hemsworth – Vacation
  • Margot Robbie & Will Smith – Focus
  • Morena Baccarin & Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool
  • Rebel Wilson & Adam DeVine – Pitch Perfect 2

BEST FIGHT

  • Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) vs. Ajax (Ed Skrein) – Deadpool
  • Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) vs. The Bear – The Revenant
  • Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) vs. Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) vs. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Rey (Daisy Ridley) vs. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) vs. Lia (Nargis Fakhri) – Spy

Pineda to Star in the TBS comedy “The Detour”

Daniella Pineda is taking a detour

The 28-year-old Mexican American actress has been cast as a series regular in TBS comedy, The Detour.

Daniella Pineda

Created by Jason Jones and Samantha Beethe series is inspired by Jones and Bee’s own experiences with family getaways.

It follows a couple and their two young kids as they take a road trip to Florida. Jones plays unfiltered dad Nate, who packs his wife, Robin (Natalie Zea), along with their rebellious daughter Delilah (Ashley Gerasimovich) and simpleton son Jared (Liam Carroll), into the family car for what Nate is convinced will be the adventure of a lifetime. Every leg of their trip, however, is fraught with unforeseen disaster as they encounter one hellish turn after another.

Pineda, who starred in The Originals and American Odyssey, will play Vanessa, Robin’s obliviously distasteful sister.

Pineda’s other television credits include Men of a Certain Age and Homeland.