Riggen to Direct the Faith-Based Drama “Miracles From Heaven”

It’s special miracle for Patricia Riggen

The 44-year-old Mexican film director has sealed a deal to direct Sony Pictures’ faith-based drama Miracles From Heaven. 

Patricia Riggen

Riggen’s project is an adaptation of Miracles From Heaven: A Sick Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and the Lives Forever Changed, the book by Christy Beam that will go on sale April 14.

Beam’s memoir centers on her daughter, who miraculously overcame an incurable, life-threatening digestive disorder. After she was dramatically rescued from a near-death experience, a stunning series of miracles unfolded that left her family, her medical doctors and community baffled. Beam lived in Texas when the incidents occurred, and her family belongs to the Alsbury Baptist Church.

Randy Brown, who wrote Clint Eastwood‘s Trouble With the Curve, penned the script.

The studio is expected to release the film in spring 2016 through its TriStar Pictures releasing label, the same label that released the faith-based hit Heaven Is for Real.

Riggen directed the critically acclaimed film Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna), as well as the Disney Channel movie Lemonade Mouth.

She most recently helmed the upcoming film The 33, which tells of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days and is based on the book Deep Down Dark written by Hector Tobar.

Lopez to Star in Chilean Miner Drama “The 33”

Jennifer Lopez has managed to mine her latest acting role…

The 43-year-old actress/singer has signed on to star opposite Antonio Banderas in The 33, a film based on the Chilean miner saga, in a still-undisclosed role.

Jennifer Lopez

The drama, based on the true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were rescued after being trapped for 69 days in 2010, is being produced by Mike Medavoy.

The film will mark Lopez’s first big-screen role since starring opposite Jason Statham in this year’s action-thriller Parker.

Martin Sheen and Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro have also joined the cast of the ensemble film.

Patricia Riggen (La Misma Luna) is directing the film from a screenplay written by Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera, with production scheduled to begin in the fall in Chile.

In 2011, Medavoy nabbed the rights to the 33 miners, whose remarkable rescue from the San Jose Mine garnered headlines worldwide. The men were trapped half a mile beneath the Earth’s surface.

Banderas is playing the role of Mario Sepulveda, the charismatic miner nicknamed “Super Mario.” Sheen will play a miner’s father, while Santoro is tackling the role of a trapped miner.

Banderas to Star in Chilean Miner Film “The 33”

Antonio Banderas has accepted a miner role…

The 52-year-old Spanish actor has signed on to portray Mario Sepulveda, aka Super Mario, in The 33, the feature version of the saga of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days in 2010.

Antonio Banderas

Half-Spanish actor Martin Sheen and Brazilian star Rodrigo Santoro are also joining the ensemble cast.

Mike Medavoy, who spent 10 years in Chile, secured the miners’ exclusive life rights last year and developed the project in collaboration with the men, their rescuers and their families.

Mexican filmmaker Patricia Riggen, who helmed La Misma Luna, will direct the film

Production is scheduled to begin in the fall.

del Castillo to Star in “No Good Deed”

Kate del Castillo’s quest to become a Hollywood leading lady is one step closer to becoming reality…

The 39-year-old Mexican actress, considered the reigning queen of telenovelas, has joined the cast of No Good Deed, starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson.

Kate del Castillo

The thriller revolves around a former DA-turned-stay-at-home mom (Henson) and her two small children who are kidnapped from their home by a mysterious stranger (Elba).

Del Castillo—who starred in Telemundo’s hugely popular telenovela   La Reina del Surwill play Elba’s cheating ex-fiancée.

It’s the latest Hollywood role for del Castillo, who received critical acclaim for her performance in La misma luna (Under the Same Moon), guest-starred on CSI: Miami and had a story arc on Weeds. Up next for del Castillo: playing a transsexual in the film K-11, set for release later this year.