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Press: Gina Rodriguez will produce ‘Diary of a Female President,’ a Disney comedy series

Disney+ has given a straight-to-series order to “Diary of a Female President” with Gina Rodriguez attached as an executive producer.

The upcoming streamer has given the half-hour, single-camera comedy series a 10-episode order. Told from the narration of her diary, the series follows a Cuban-American 12 year old girl as she navigates the ups and downs of middle school and her journey to becoming the future president of the United States.

Ilana Peña created the series and serves as writer, with Robin Shorr set to executive produce and serve as showrunner. Rodriguez and Emily Gipson will executive produce via Rodriguez’s I Can and I Will Productions banner. CBS Television Studios, where I Can and I Will is under an overall deal, will produce.

This marks the first series Peña has created. She most recently served as a staff writer on The CW series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” She is repped by UTA.

Rodriguez is currently prepping for the final season of the acclaimed CW series “Jane the Virgin.” In addition to her numerous film and TV roles, she has built up an impressive producing resume of late, including executive producing a “Jane the Virgin” spinoff pilot at CW. She is repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.

There is no official launch date yet for Disney+, but it is expected to launch in late 2019. Shows already ordered at the service include the “Star Wars” live-action shows “The Mandalorian” and an untitled “Rogue One” prequel, a “High School Musical” series, and a “High Fidelity” series. Disney+ is also developing multiple limited series based on characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Press: Universal Sets Film Comedy Vehicle For ‘Jane The Virgin’ Star Gina Rodriguez

In a competitive situation, Universal Pictures acquired an untitled original comedy pitch from Jessica St. Clair & Lennon Parham, which is will be a starring vehicle for Gina Rodriguez. Studio is keeping the plot specifics close to the vest.

Rodriguez broke out starring as the title character in the series Jane The Virgin, and her first major studio starring role will be for Columbia Pictures in the Catherine Hardwicke-directed remake of Miss Bala, the 2011 thriller about a beauty pageant contestant who witnesses drug related murders and is conscripted to do the bidding of a drug cartel. Rodriguez has also been generating projects as producer, wrapping Someone Great, another star vehicle. She will also lend her voice and produce the animated series Carmen Sandiego, which will be released by Netflix in January. Rodriguez and Emily Gipson will produce for their I Can & I Will Productions.

St. Clair and Parham are the co-creators and stars of the USA comedy series Playing House. Along with scripting, they will be executive producers.

Universal exec veep Erik Baiers is overseeing. St. Clair and Parham are repped by UTA, Rise Management and Morris Yorn Barnes; Rodriguez is represented by CAA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
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Press: Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez to Star in Miranda July Heist Feature

Richard Jenkins and Debra Winger are also set to star in the Annapurna feature.

Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, Richard Jenkins and Debra Winger will star in the heist feature from indie filmmaker Miranda July.

The yet-to-be titled project is the latest collaboration from Annapurna and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment. Youree Henley (The Beguiled, 20th Century Women) will produce the feature set to begin production in May.

The script centers on a woman named Old Dolio, whose life is turned upside down when her parents, amateur con artists, invite an outsider to join their biggest heist yet. Wood is Old Dolio, while Jenkins and Winger are the shady parents who are confronted by the mistakes of their poor parenting. Rodriguez is the woman who learns of the family’s secrets and is brought into the fold.

July, who is repped by UTA, is a prominent artist, author and essayist who is best known in Hollywood as the writer-director-star of You and Me and Everyone We Know, which won the Camera d’Or at Cannes and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance.

Wood is one of the stars of HBO’s Westworld, the acclaimed sci-fi show whose second season begins April. She is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham.

Rodriguez, who is repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman, is in theaters starring opposite Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson in sci-fi feature Annihilation. Earlier this week the Jane the Virgin star signed on to play Carmen Sandiego in a live-action feature based on the popular ’90s animated character for Netflix.

Jenkins is coming off an Oscar nomination for his role in Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water. He is repped by Gersh and Bill Treusch.

Winger, who stars in Netflix comedy The Ranch, is repped by Gersh, Framework and Schreck Rose.
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Press: Gina Rodriguez To Star As Carmen Sandiego In Netflix Live-Action Feature

Netflix has acquired the live-action feature film rights to Carmen Sandiego and has attached Gina Rodriguez to star as the title character. Rodriguez, who won a Golden Globe for Jane the Virgin and continues to play the character, began her transfer to feature star with the Alex Garland-directed Annihilation and continues with the remake of the thriller Miss Bala that Sony Pictures releases January 25. She will produce Carmen Sandiego through her I Can and I Will productions alongside Kevin Misher and Caroline Fraser who will also produce. Misher’s Misher Films produced Miss Bala.

This is an extension of the brand as Netflix last year announced a new Carmen Sandiego animated series for 2019 with Rodriguez voicing the title character. Publisher and learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is the owner of the Carmen Sandiego property. Caroline Fraser is head of HMH Productions and is the executive producer of the Carmen Sandiego Netflix original series and feature film. A line of books from HMH featuring Carmen will launch in 2019 timed to the series release.

The movie will be a standalone Carmen adventure that will embrace the beloved ’90s property. No writer or director is yet attached to the movie. Rodriguez also voiced a lead role in the upcoming Warner Bros. animated film Small Foot. Catherine Hardwicke directed Miss Bala, the remake of the festival award-winning Mexican pic about a beauty pageant contestant who witnesses the brutality of a drug gang and is dragged into its dangerous business.

CAA and attorney Karl Austen rep Rodriguez.
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Gina signs on to “Miss Bala”

Deadline is reporting that Gina officially signed on to star in the remake of “Miss Bala”

EXCLUSIVE: Gina Rodriguez has officially signed on, along with newcomer Ismael Cruz Córdova, to topline Sony’s Catherine Hardwicke-directed drama Miss Bala, a remake of the Mexican entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2011. to the 2011 Oscar nominated film of the same name. Deadline first reported the Jane The Virgin star as a front-runner for this project.

Rodriguez stars Gloria Meyer who, after her friend Suzu goes missing in Tijuana, finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game being played by the CIA, the DEA and a charismatic young crime boss. Cordova will play Lino, a master manipulator and highly charismatic survivor who has gotten as far as he has through ballsy plays for power.

Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer is on board to adapt the script, which was written by original director Gerard Naranjo and Mauricio Katz. Kevin Misher and Pablo Cruz are producing with Andy Berman serving as execu producer.

Rodriguez’s hit CW telenovela is nearing the end of its third season and will return for a fourth. Repped by Primary Wave Entertainment and APA, the Golden Globe winner is set to lend her voice to Netflix’s cartoon reboot Carman Sandiego, and will next be heard in Fox’s children’s story adaption Ferdinand and Sony’s animated Christmas film The Star, both slated for release this year.

Cordov credits include Ang Lee’s war drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and recurring roles on Season 4 of Showtime’s Ray Donovan as well as ABC’s The Catch. He’s repped by Anonymous Content and Peikoff Mahan.

Gina to voice “Carmen Sandiego” for Netflix

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.”
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