Daniella Pineda to Star Opposite Gerard Butler in Lionsgate’s Action Thriller “The Plane”

Daniella Pineda is flying high

The 34-year-old Mexican American actress has been cast opposite Gerard Butler in the Lionsgate action thriller The Plane.

Daniella Pineda

The Plane follows commercial pilot Brodie Torrance (Butler) who, after a heroic job of successfully landing his storm-damaged aircraft in hostile territory, finds himself threated by militant pirates who are planning to take the plane and its passengers hostage. As the world’s authorities and media search for the disappeared aircraft, Brodie must rise to the occasion and keep his passengers safe long enough for help to arrive.

Pineda will play Bonnie, the professional and formidable head flight attendant in the film, which also stars Mike Colter and Kelly Gale.

Cameras are set to roll in Puerto Rico later this month.

The Plane will be directed by Jean-François Richet and written by Charles Cumming, JP Davis and Matt Cook, based on the book by Charles Cumming.

Lionsgate will release the film in North America, Latin America, the United Kingdom, and India.

Pineda will star in the Netflix series Cowboy Bebop as Faye Valentine. And she’s set to reprise her role in the next Jurassic World film, Jurassic World: Dominion, which comes out on June 10, 2022.

She also starred on the television series The Detour and the Samuel Goldwyn feature Modern Persuasion.

FilmSharks Sells Rights to Stefanía Tortorella-Starrer “Ghosting Gloria” Globally

It appears Stefanía Tortorella will be ghosting around the globe…

The Latina actress’ latest project Ghosting Gloria (Muerto Con Gloria), a high-concept spooky comedy, has sold its U.S. rights to Pantaya, the company run by Lionsgate and Cinelatino.

Stefanía Tortorella

The Spanish-language film, directed by Mauro Sarser and Marcela Matta, has also sold to Spain’s largest telcom group, Movistar+, which took all digital rights. AV-Jet has taken Taiwanese rights.

FilmSharks, the Buenos Aires-based sales agency, has also entered discussions for various remakes of the film, including in the English-language.

The film is set to have its world premiere at Fantasia next month. It follows Gloria, a 30-year-old single woman who has never had an orgasm. She finally finds her ideal lover, but the only caveat is that “he” does not inhabit the world of the living.

The film also stars Nenan Pelenur, Mauro Sarser, Federico Guerra, Noelia Campo, Marco Manfrini, Cecilia Sánchez and Nicolás Pereyra.

Jennifer Lopez to Star in Netflix’s Sci-Fi Thriller “Atlas”

Jennifer Lopez will be fighting to save the world…

The 51-year-old Puerto Rican superstar will star in and produce the Netflix sci-fi thriller Atlas.

Jennifer Lopez

The film will be directed by Brad Peyton, with Aron Eli Coleite is writing the most recent draft of the script based off Leo Sardarian’s original script.

Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell will produce for Safehouse Pictures along with Peyton and Jeff Fierson for ASAP Entertainment, as well as Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina joining Lopez to produce through Nuyorican Productions.

The film follows Atlas, a woman fighting for humanity in a future where an AI soldier has determined the only way to end war is to end humanity. To outthink this rogue AI, Atlas must work with the one thing she fears most — another AI.

“I’m so honored to be working with Jennifer, Elaine and the rest of the team at Nuyorican Productions along with our partners Joby and Tory at Safehouse,” Peyton said. “Having the chance to direct Jennifer in the title role of this movie is a dream come true, as I know she’ll bring the incredible strength, depth and authenticity we’ve all come to admire from her work. Furthermore, Jeff and I are so excited to be back working with Scott, Ori and the entire team at Netflix. They have been nothing short of amazing to work with and we are blessed to have the opportunity to make another movie on the service.”

The film falls under the newly announced creative partnership between Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions and Netflix where Lopez, producing partner Goldsmith-Thomas and longtime manager Medina will produce a slate of films, television series, scripted and unscripted content, with an emphasis on projects that support diverse female actors, writers and filmmakers.

The first two announced projects both starring Lopez include The Mother, which is directed by Niki Carpo, and The Cipher, based on the novel by Isabella Maldonado.

Lopez can be seen next in the Universal rom com Marry Me opposite Owen Wilson and also has the Lionsgate action comedy Shotgun Wedding. Both films come out in 2022.

Carlos Santos to Star Opposite Eugenio Derbez in English-Remake of “The Valet”

Carlos Santos is preparing for Valet service…

The 35-year-old Puerto Rican actor and comedian will star in Lionsgate’s The Valet, the English-language remake of Francis Veber’s French film.

Carlos Santos

Santos joins a roster of new cast additions that includes Noemi Gonzalez (Selena: The SeriesEast Los High), Tiana Okoye (Awkwafina Is Nora From QueensThe Good Place), Diany Rodriguez (Law & Order: Organized CrimeNew Amsterdam)Armando Hernandez (El César series on Prime Video, Disney+ series El Repatriado.

They join stars Eugenio Derbez and Samara Weaving in the film, which is being directed by Richard Wong.

The film, written by Rob Greenberg and Bob Fisher, follows Olivia (Weaving), a movie star who enlists Antonio (Derbez) – a parking valet – to pose as her lover to cover for a relationship with a married man. As a valet, the hard-working Antonio usually flies under the radar but his ruse with Olivia thrusts him into the spotlight and brings him to see himself more clearly than ever before.

Santos and Hernandez will play the valets who work with Antonio at a tony Beverly Hills restaurant.

Gonzalez will play Clara, Antonio’s sister and the wife of Benny, Antonio’s boss.

Okoye is Amanda, Olivia’s dedicated but jaded assistant.

Rodriguez will play Natalie, who works at Antonio’s neighborhood bike shop.

Derbez and Ben Odell are producing through their 3Pas Studios banner, while Meredith Wieck and Aaron Edmonds are overseeing the project for Lionsgate.

Marisol Nichols to Star Opposite Eugenio Derbez in the Lionsgate English-Remake of the French Hit “The Valet”

Marisol Nichols is about to valet

The 47-year-old half-Mexican American actress has joined the cast of the Lionsgate English-language remake of the French hit The Valet, joining stars Eugenio Derbez and Samara Weaving.

Marisol Nichols

Nichols, who most recently starred on The CW’s Riverdale, joins a roster of cast newcomers that includes Max GreenfieldBetsy Brandt, and legendary Mexican screen and television icon Carmen Salinas.

Richard Wong is directing the film, which is currently in production. The original version was written and directed by Francis Veber.

Weaving stars as Olivia, a movie star who enlists Antonio (Derbez) – a parking valet – to pose as her lover to cover for a relationship with a married man. As a valet, the hard-working Antonio usually flies under the radar, but his ruse with Olivia thrusts him into the spotlight and brings him to see himself more clearly than ever before.

Nichols, who appears in Lionsgate’s upcoming film Spiral, will play Isabel, Antonio’s ex who he still carries a torch for.

Salinas, a screen legend with more than 110 movies and 30 television series to her credit, will play Cecilia, Antonio’s live-in mother.

Rob Greenberg and Bob Fisher penned the screenplay, which is being produced by Derbez and his producing partner Ben Odell through their 3Pas Studios banner.

“Production has begun and we couldn’t be more excited about the way this cast came together or this story,” said Derbez. “This is a romantic comedy with heart and soul starring some of today’s most talented young actors sharing the screen with a living legend of Mexican cinema.”

Callie Hernandez to Star in Jennifer Lopez’s Action Comedy “Shotgun Wedding”

Callie Hernandez is hearing wedding bells…

The 32-year-old Mexican American actress has joined the cast of Lionsgate’s action comedy Shotgun Wedding, starring Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel.

Callie Hernandez

The film also stars Steve Coulter, Lenny Kravitz, Cheech Marin, D’Arcy Carden, Selena Tan, Desmin Borges and Alex Mallari. It is being directed by Jason Moore

Mark Hammer and Liz Meriwether penned the screenplay.

In the film, Grace (Lopez) and Tom (Duhamel) gather their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding just as the couple begins to get cold feet. And if that wasn’t enough of a threat to the celebration, suddenly everyone’s lives are in danger when the entire party is taken hostage. “Til Death Do Us Part” takes on a whole new meaning in this hilarious, adrenaline-fueled adventure as Grace and Tom must save their loved ones — if they don’t kill each other first.

Hernandez’s credits include La La Land, Alien: Covenant and One of These DaysCoulter was most recently seen in HBO’s limited series Watchmen

Lionsgate Acquires North American Rights to Diego Boneta-Starrer “Die in a Gunfight”

Diego Boneta is pulling the trigger stateside…

Lionsgate has acquired the North American rights to Collin Schiffli’s thriller, Die in a Gunfight, starring the 30-year-old Mexican actor/singer.

Diego Boneta

Lionsgate plans to release the film as a multi-platform title this summer.

In the film, starring Alexandra Daddario and Boneta, an unpredictable collection of schemers and killers collide when Ben (Boneta) reconnects with his old flame Mary (Daddario) to fight for their love against cruel fate itself.

Die in a Gunfight is a fresh and contemporary film packed with action, romance and twists at every turn,” said Lauren Bixby, VP of acquisitions and co-productions at Lionsgate. “Helmer Schiffli’s vivid and captivating style creates a high octane, edgy ride.”

“Audiences need fun, adrenaline fueled entertainment more so than ever,” added Schiffli. “I am thrilled and hopeful that Gunfight will deliver some heartfelt eye candy to everyone looking for a summer flick.”

Scripted by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, the film also stars Billy Crudup, Travis Fimmel, Justin Chatwin, Wade Allain-Marcus, and Emmanuelle Chriqui.

Producers of Die in a Gunfight include Tom Butterfield, Mark Gordon, Allyson Seeger, Adrian Politowski, Martin Metz, Jonathan Bronfman and Jason Jallet.

The production companies involved are Culmination Productions, Mark Gordon Pictures, Align, Digital Ignition Entertainment and JoBro Productions.

Lionsgate Releases Trailer for Salma Hayek-Starrer “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”

Salma Hayek isn’t letting down her (body) guard

Lionsgate has released the trailer for The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, the action comedy starring the 54-year-old Mexican actress.

Salma Hayek

The film sees to return of Hayek, Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, director Patrick Hugues and screenwriter Tom O’Conner for a second go-round after 2017’s successful The Hitman’s Bodyguard.

Like others films delayed by the pandemic, it will now open in U.S. theaters on June 16.

The Lionsgate and Millennium Media sequel picks up after the events of the first movie and finds bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) trying to recover from those events and recharge — call it a psychological sabbatical. But he literally is pulled back into action by his old friend/foe Darius’ (Jackson) even more volatile wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid (Hayek), who needs Bryce’s help saving her husband. They get in over their heads in a global plot and soon find that they are all that stand between Europe and a vengeful madman (Antonio Banderas).

Morgan Freeman, Frank Grillo, Caroline Goodall, Rebecca Front, Gabriella Wright, Alice McMillan, Kristofer Kamiyasu, Tom Hopper, Blake Ritson and Richard E. Grant also star in the film, penned by O’Conner and Phillip Murphy & Brandon Murphy.

La La Anthony Joins Voice Cast of Animated Series “The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers”

La La Anthony is freak-ing out…

The 38-year-old Puerto Rican actress has joined the voice cast of The Freak Brothers animated series adaptation.

La La Anthony

The series, based on The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, the 1960s underground cult comic created by Gilbert Shelton, follows three stoner characters who, after smoking a magical strain of weed in 1969, are transported 50 years into the future to 2020 bringing their ’60s San Francisco attitude to the modern world.

Woody Harrelson voices laid-back Freewheelin’ Franklin Freek, John Goodman voices man-child Fat Freddy Freekowtski, and Pete Davidson voices paranoid Phineas T. Phreakers.

Tiffany Haddish also features as Kitty, alongside Adam Devine and Blake Anderson, who play Chuck and Charlie, a couple of weed savants always looking for the next side-hustle with hearts of gold hidden beneath their unwashed exteriors.

Anthony voices Gretchen, a social-advocate lawyer who is the more idealistic and compassionate younger sister of Harper.

Lionsgate has partnered with WTG Enterprises, which owns the IP of the comic

“I have been into cartoons and animation for as long as I can remember and have dreamed of having the opportunity to voice an animated series,” says Anthony. “And to share the screen with some of the greatest comedians of our time is amazing. I’m excited to be a part of this project and can’t wait for fans to see the show.”

Anthony’s previous credits include Two Can Play That GameYou Got ServedThink Like a Man and Think Like a Man 2.

Edgar Ramirez to Star in Eli Roth’s Film Adaptation of “Borderlands” Video Game

Edgar Ramirez is heading to the borderlands

The 44-year-old Venezuelan actor will portray Atlas in Eli Roth’s adaptation of the bestselling video game Borderlands for Lionsgate.

Edgar Ramirez

Ramirez joins Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ariana Greenblatt, Florian Munteanu, Haley Bennett, and Jack Black. In the game, Atlas is a business titan and arms manufacturer, and the most powerful person in the universe.

“What an incredible honor to have an actor of Edgar’s caliber, talent, and charisma playing opposite Cate Blanchett and this remarkable cast,” Roth said. “Atlas has to be a truly magnetic personality, someone with charisma and charm but that air of menace underneath it all. I’ve been a fan of Edgar’s since his early performances and he continues to amaze me with each dramatic turn. We want to create something wild, fun, and very different from anything they’ve seen from Edgar before. I am so, so excited to work with him.”

In the film, Lilith (Blanchett), an infamous outlaw with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home planet of Pandora to find the missing daughter of the universe’s most powerful S.O.B., Atlas (Ramirez). Lilith forms an alliance with an unexpected team – Roland (Hart), a former elite mercenary, now desperate for redemption; Tiny Tina (Greenblatt), a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg (Munteanu), Tina’s musclebound, rhetorically challenged protector; Tannis (Curtis), the scientist with a tenuous grip on sanity; and Claptrap (Black), a persistently wiseass robot. These unlikely heroes must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power. The fate of the universe could be in their hands – but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other.

Based on the game from Gearbox and 2K, one of the bestselling video game franchises of all time, welcome to Borderlands.

“The force of Edgar’s presence and the strength of his talent as an actor make him an ideal choice to play Atlas, a character who controls the fate of so many in the Borderlands universe. He’s the perfect addition to this perfect cast,” said Nathan Kahane, president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.

Borderlands is one of the world’s most successful video game franchises, with more than 68 million units sold-in worldwide, including over 24 million units of Borderlands 2, which is the highest-selling title in the history of 2K. The most recent installment, Borderlands 3, which launched in September 2019 and was recently released for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, has sold-in more than 12 million units worldwide and was honored with the award for Best Multiplayer Game at Gamescom 2019 and Best Ongoing Game at Gamescom 2020.

The latest draft of the screenplay is by Craig Mazin.

Ramirez has stayed busy over the past year, most recently starring opposite Jennifer Garner in Netflix’s Yes DayHe was also recently seen in HBO’s critically acclaimed limited series, The Undoing. He will next star in Disney’s Jungle Cruise and Universal’s The 355.