Paramount Pictures has landed the spec script “The Aliens Are Stealing Our Weed” with Gina Rodriguez attached to star, sources tell Variety.
“The Eternals” scribe Ryan Firpo penned the script. Rodriguez will also produce under her I Can and I Will banner alongside Kaz and Ryan Firpo’s Badlands. Molly Breeskin will executive produce through I Can and I Will.
The story follows Candice (Rodriguez) and Izzy, two hapless pot growers who, after their entire crop of weed inexplicably goes missing, uncover an alien conspiracy to steal the planet’s marijuana supply.
Sources say studio execs felt the story fell in line with other Paramount comedies like “Anchorman,” “Airplane!” and “Blazing Saddles,” and moved quickly to acquire it.
The project also gives Rodriguez another star vehicle in her development slate after her breakout role on the CW series “Jane the Virgin,” which won her a Golden Globe in 2015.
With the show now over, Rodriguez has stayed busy on both film and TV fronts. In 2019, she had the remake of the action-thriller “Miss Bala” at Sony, as well as the Netflix romantic comedy “Someone Great” and her Netflix animated series “Carmen Sandiego,” where she voices the title character.
She was most recently seen in “Kajillionaire” for Annapurna Pictures and is also executive producing the Disney Plus series “Diary of a Future President.”
Firpo has been on the rise since debuting his short “Ten Year,” which he wrote and directed. It caught the eye of several studio execs, including Marvel president Kevin Feige, who tapped Ryan and Kaz to pen “The Eternals,” which recently finished production. The Firpos also wrote the spec “Ruin.”
Rodriguez is repped by CAA. The Firpos are repped by UTA and LBI Entertainment.
Diary of a Future President premiered this past week on Disney+. I’ve added photos of Gina from the premiere as well as some videos from recently released press of the series. Enjoy!
At today’s WarnerMedia Day, HBO Max head of original content Sarah Aubrey announced that Jane the Virgin star and Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez will star in the HBO Max feature film Bobbie Sue from Ready Player One producer Donald De Line and Drumline director Charles Stone III.
“Giving a project like Bobbie Sue the reach and accessibility that HBO Max provides is what every filmmaker is looking for right now,” said De Line. “Gina Rodriguez and Charles Stone III both have an incredible talent for bringing rich characters, timely stories and authentic worlds to life.”
Pic will follow Bobbie Sue, who after being raised among four rowdy brothers in a blue-collar neighborhood, is a scrappy, headstrong young lawyer who lands a career-making case with an upper crust law firm, only to realize she’s been hired for optics and not her expertise. But after discovering her powerful client, a lifelong idol of hers, is trying to cover up exploiting workers within her company, Bobbie decides to take both her and the law firm on, caution and etiquette be damned.
Rodriguez wrapped Jane the Virgin back in July after five seasons and 100 episodes. She also stars for big Warner Bros. in the upcoming feature Scoob as Velma Dinkley.
I’ve added all the missing recent magazine scans, photo sessions, and photo session behind the scenes images of Gina to the gallery. Enjoy all the pretties!
Gina Rodriguez will star in Netflix’s science-fiction thriller “Awake,” portraying an ex-soldier with a troubled past.
“Kodachrome” helmer Mark Raso is attached to direct from a script he co-wrote with his brother Joseph Raso and Greg Poirier. Paul Schiff is producing and Entertainment One is the production company. Rodriguez and the Raso brothers are executive producing with Mark Gordon, Josh Phillips, Matt Jackson, Poirier and Whitney Brown. Joanne Lee is a co-exec producer.
The story is set after a sudden global event wipes out all electronics and takes away humankind’s ability to sleep, and chaos quickly begins to consume the world. Rodriguez’s character may hold the key to a cure in the form of her own daughter while she faces the prospect of saving the world before she herself loses her mind.
Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for her lead role as Jane Gloriana Villanueva in the CW sitcom “Jane the Virgin,” which is now in its fifth and final season. She previously worked with Netflix on the romantic comedy “Someone Great” and starred earlier this year in Sony’s action-thriller “Miss Bala.” Rodriguez is also on board to voice Velma Dinkley in Warner Bros.’ animated comedy “Scoob.”
Rodriguez is repped by CAA and Karl Austen. Raso is repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone.
Gina was on Jimmy Kimmel Live a few days ago to promote Someone Great. Check out photos in the gallery as well as interview snippets below. Enjoy!