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Tracking Board is reporting that Gina has signed on to voice the “Carmen Sandiego” in a new animated series that is in the works at Netflix.
As two studios battle for her next feature slot, Gina Rodriguez has signed on to voice CARMEN SANDIEGO in a new animated series that’s in the works at Netflix, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned. The deal comes as the Golden Globe-winning actress negotiates for the lead role in Sony’s remake of MISS BALA and 20th Century Fox’s comedy FIRE ME — though she may have to choose between them.
Miss Bala follows a beauty pageant contestant who witnesses a gang shooting and is subsequently kidnapped and forced to work for the gang in the drug trade. Gerardo Naranjo directed the original film, which received a foreign language Oscar nomination.
Fire Me marks the feature directorial debut of Ryan Case, the Emmy-winning editor and director of Modern Family. Ben Still’s Red Hour Films is producing the movie, which is inspired by the Libby Malin novel, and is said to be similar in tone to the 1980 comedy 9 to 5.
Sources say that the two projects are scheduled to shoot around the same time, so it would be difficult for Rodriguez to do both, though Sony sees Miss Bala as a potential franchise starter, which could give it an edge.
In any event, the star of the hit CW series Jane the Virgin is making time in her busy schedule to voice Carmen Sandiego, which is based on the iconic video game series Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and the subsequent TV show of the same name, which starred Lynne Thigpen as “The Chief.”
Deadline is reporting that Gina Rodriguez is the frontrunner for the Catherine Hardwicke helmed remake of “Miss Bala”.
Catherine Hardwicke is in talks to direct Miss Bala, the remake of the Mexican film that was nominated for Best Foreign Film in 2011. Hardwicke and Sony are hoping to land a star quickly to play the beauty pageant contestant who witnesses the brutality of a drug gang and is dragged into their dangerous business. I’ve heard the studio is heavily courting Gina Rodriguez, among other actresses. Hardwicke has separately been circling The Phantom Tollbooth, which is at sister label TriStar project. If the studio gets a star tof Miss Bala quickly, Hardwicke won’t likely catch the other train. Kevin Misher and Pablo Cruz are producing, Andy Berman is executive producer. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer is adapting the script by original director Gerard Naranjo and Mauricio Katz.
The Phantom Tollbooth is the 1961 Norton Juster children’s book. It has a script by Michael Vukadinovich and focuses on a bored young boy named Milo who receives a magic tollbooth, drives through it in his toy car and is transported to the Kingdom of Wisdom. There, he goes on an incredible adventure and gets the chance to save a princess. Donald De Line is producing through his De Line Pictures with Ed McDonnell of Maple Shade Films. The scribe wrote the kiddie tales The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto at Fox and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disney. The Twilight director is repped by CAA and Manage-ment.
Deadline is reporting that Gina and her company I Can and I Will productions have a first-look deal at Hulu for a drama based on “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass”
In a competitive situation, Hulu has bought a drama project based on Meg Medina’s award-winning YA book Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, from Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez and her I Can and I Will Productions, Eugenio Derbez and Ben Odell’s 3Pas and Universal TV, where 3Pas has a first-look deal.
Written by Queen of the South co-executive producer Dailyn Rodriguez, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass — now in development — tells the story of a diverse, vibrant Brooklyn community confronting bullying, racial tensions and questions of identity. Gina Rodriguez, Dailyn Rodriguez, Derbez and Odell exec produce. 3Pas’ Jessica Pavao and I Can and I Will’s Emily Gipson serve as producers and Medina as a consulting producer.
The book was optioned by 3Pas, whose partners brought it to Rodriguez because they felt it would resonate with the actress, who has campaigned against bulling and has shared her experiences with that.
The project was carved out from the overall deal Rodriguez and her I Can And I Will Productions just signed with CBS TV Studios.
In addition to Yaqui Delgado, 3Pas also has recently sold projects to NBC and ABC. Their next film How to Be a Latin Lover through their first-look with Pantelion/Lionsgate comes out April 28. 3Pas’ feature slate also includes Ponce, about a man claiming to have found the Fountain of Youth, and The Valet, a remake of the French comedy, both for Pantelion/Lionsgate; and Speedy Gonzalez, an animated feature in the works with Warner Bros.
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass has been honored with the Pura Belpré Award, the Cybils Fiction Award and the International Latino Book Award. Medina was named to CNN’s 10 Visionary Women in America and Latino Stories’ Top Ten Latino Authors to Watch.
Dailyn Rodriguez also has worked on series including The Night Shift, Lie to Me and Ugly Betty. She’s repped by Rothman Brecher and attorney Darren Trattner.
Derbez is repped by UTA and attorney Howard Abramson. Gina Rodriguez is repped by APA and Primary Wave.
The Hollywood Reporting is reporting that Gina has joined the cast of the animated movie “The Star”. Gina will be voicing Mary.
The Walking Dead star Steven Yeun, pop star Kelly Clarkson, Oprah Winfrey and Saturday Night Live’s Aidy Bryant are among those lending their voices to The Star, Sony Pictures Animation’s animal take on the first Christmas.
Keegan-Michael Key, Kristin Chenoweth, Anthony Anderson, Gabriel Iglesias, Ving Rhames, Delilah Rene, Kris Kristoferson, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Tyler Perry, Tracy Morgan and Christopher Plummer are also in the large cast, which was announced as part of SPA’s presentation Wednesday.
Academy Award nominated Timothy Reckart is directing The Star, which has a story by Carlos Kotkin and Simon Moore, and screenplay by Kotkin. The movie is aiming for a Nov. 10, 2017, release.
Per SPA, The Star tells of “a small but brave donkey named Bo (who) yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock, and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told — the first Christmas.
Yeun is voicing the donkey, Bryant the sheep and Key the dove.
Plummer is King Herod, while Rodriguez and Levi are Mary and Joseph, respectively.
DeVon Franklin, who works on faith-centric films (such as Miracles From Heaven) is exec producing along with Lisa Henson and Brian Henson. Jenni Magee Cook is producing.
“Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez is in talks to co-star with Natalie Portman in Paramount’s “Annihilation” from “Ex Machina” helmer Alex Garland, sources tell Variety.
Garland will write and direct the film, which follows a biologist who signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply. Scott Rudin is producing. Paramount had no comment on Rodriguez’s involvement.
Production is set to begin in the spring of 2016 due to Portman’s schedule, which lines up with Rodriguez’s hiatus on sophomore CW comedy “Jane the Virgin.”
Rodriguez’s breakout title role in “Jane” earned her critical acclaim and a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy Series at this year’s ceremony. She recently secured a supporting role in Mark Wahlberg action pic “Deepwater Horizon,” but “Annihilation” would mark her largest film role to date.
She is repped by APA, Primary Wave Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.
Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Golden Globe nominee Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” star Olivia Cooke are considered the top contenders for the new female lead in Rian Johnson‘s “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” multiple individuals familiar with the casting situation told TheWrap.
Insiders insist it’s early in the casting process and that Johnson is still auditioning actresses, with several rising stars yet to read for him. Others suggest that Johnson is narrowing down the field and that Rodriguez, Maslany and Cooke will be among a group of girls slated to chemistry-read with “The Force Awakens” star John Boyega before the end of the month.
A representative for Disney declined to comment. The studio will release the sci-fi sequel on May 26, 2017. Ram Bergman is producing the film with Lucasfilm’s Kathy Kennedy, and production is expected to start early next year.
Oscar winner Benicio del Toro is nearing a deal to play the villain in “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” for which plot details remain unknown. However, the Internet has taken it upon itself to speculate that Han Solo’s daughter could be introduced in the film.
Rodriguez starred in the acclaimed indie drama “Filly Brown” before landing the title role on the CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” for which she won a Golden Globe. She has demonstrated she can play a strong female lead, and she next stars opposite Mark Wahlberg and Dylan O’Brien in Peter Berg‘s action drama “Deepwater Horizon.”