If you’re sad that “Jane the Virgin” isn’t coming back until early 2019 or heartbroken because it’s the last season of the show, then we have good news: the head and heart behind your beloved TV Latina isn’t going offscreen anytime soon. In fact, the show’s star Gina Rodriguez has quite a bundle of projects coming up this year. Her latest role in the upcoming film “Miss Bala” has us on our toes.
In her latest role, Rodriguez plays the part of a fighter.
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#GinaRodriguez is an action star in the first trailer for #MissBala. 👊🏽The #JaneTheVirgin star plays Gloria in the remake of the 2011 film, who travels to Tijuana after the death of her parents. There, she’s forced to work for a crime boss after witnessing a murder. And to make matters worse, the crime boss also kidnaps Gloria’s best friend. “I had been dying to do action for so long, and it’s very difficult because people of color don’t have as many opportunities,” the actress tells EW. "[With 'Miss Bala'], Sony made a big-budget action film with a 95 percent Latinx cast and 95 percent Latinx production crew. It’s revolutionary." Swipe through to see exclusive first look photos and click the link in our bio to watch the new trailer. 📷: Gregory Smith/Sony Pictures
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Fans of the Puerto Rican actress have mostly come to know her for fighting for Latinx inclusivity in Hollywood and those awesome Muay Thai boxing images on Instagram. Still, the latest release of “Miss Bala’s” trailer showcases the Latina star fighting for her own survival and the life of her best friend. Speaking about her upcoming role, the actress explained that she “had been dying to do action for so long, and it’s very difficult because people of color don’t have as many opportunities… And that’s not even like a ‘Woe is me.’ That’s just a reality, and that’s okay. That has been a reality of mine for many, many, many years. [With Miss Bala], Sony made a big-budget action film with a 95 percent Latinx cast and 95 percent Latinx production crew. It’s revolutionary. It’s just really great to live in these spaces that for so long I didn’t have the opportunity to.”
‘Miss Bala’ is a remake of the 2011 film in which Rodriguez stars as Gloria — a woman who travels to Tijuana after the death of her parents.
Gloria is forced to work for a crime boss who, to make matters worse, kidnaps her best friend. In the trailer, we see Rodriguez masterfully playing both sides so it’s hard to tell whether she’s fallen for her captor or attempting to break free by helping the DEA. What we do know, though, is that she has a plan to save her friend and she won’t be backing down.
“It’s a very realistic protecting of herself,” Rodriguez explained. “She uses her smarts, she uses her savvy. She uses many tools, and I feel like that is so what women do. We have so many different tools. We use it all — the illogical and the logical, the emotional and the rational. And it’s really incredible that we are capable of that.”
What ultimately gave Rodriguez pride to do this movie, though, is continuing to help increase Latinx visibility in Hollywood.
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MISS BALA. 2019. @missbalamovie 💃🏽⚡️ Thank you all for the support on my first lead in a studio film. Feels on feels. 🙌🏽 @sonypictures #MissBala (trust me my hands are shaking) @ismaelcruzcordova my Lino 😍 @cristinarodlo as Suzu @richieabarca as Pollo 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
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“The opportunity to make this with my fellow Latinos and Latinas was next-level,” she said. “I’m like, ‘They’re going to let us do this?! They’re going to let us be in front of and behind the camera and they’re going to give us money to make this?!’ This is inclusivity. This is what I’m talking about.”
In fact, her fans are already eagerly awaiting Miss Bala’s premiere.
This looks soooooooo AWESOME pic.twitter.com/T8r6Z5UVPc
— Krystal Ariana (@KrysAriana2000) October 16, 2018
Literally, we cannot get enough of that trailer.
You better believe this one’s gonna be out of tickets as soon as the film hits the big screen.
Take all my coins!! pic.twitter.com/nqrTsCuZS2
— YasmineOf’Course 💐 (@Hersheyy_Cookie) October 16, 2018
Literally about to bring Moviepass back into existence.
And fans can’t handle how much Latina power is in this film.
I burst into tears watching this. Thank for bringing a badass movie that shows how freaking strong us Latinas are. Especially for family, we would do anything. ❤️❤️
— Mayra Moreno (@mayraapedroza) October 16, 2018
Watch the full trailer here and get ready to run, not walk, to theatres on February 1st, 2019.