There’s no doubting the fact that Hollywood has officially become the tía abuela who repeatedly gives us “gifts” we did not want or ask for. But, instead of barbies that are 20 plus years too late, the entertainment industry has been shipping us remakes of old classics like “Ghost Busters,” “Dirty Dancing” and even “Blues Clues and new projects as well.
Here’s a look at the upcoming top movies and shows starring Latinas.
1. “The House Of Spirits”
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Isabel Allende’s Trueba family is bringing magic realism to the screen once again. That’s right, mi gente! The family’s multi-generational story, first brought to readers in 1982 with the famed Chilean writer’s literary classic “House of Spirits,” is being put on the small screen thanks to Hulu.
2. “Men In Black”
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When it was first announced two years ago that Colombia Pictures would be doing a reboot of the 90s hit “Men In Black,” not too many were impressed by the decision. After all, it was only just six years ago that the franchise’s third installment hit screens. (Honestly, it would have been nice to have a few more years to sit in the nostalgia of Agent J and Agent K days.) This week though, the studio managed to turn popular opinion around when it was announced that Panamanian-Mexicana Tessa Thompson was cast as a lead. In the days since the announcement, the conversation around the film’s new take has completely perked up. But there are more projects besides “MIB” that are acting as proof that Latina actress is more than just a one time fix for movie studios, especially when it comes to her role in sci-fi reboots. HBO knows this. For their take on the 1973 film “Westworld,” the network employed Thompson’s talents and doubled down on latina power in sci-fi with the casting of Gina Torres who is of Cuban descent.
3. “West Side Story”
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Would it have been nice to have a Latino director helm the “West Side Story” reboot that has literally every Latina in the business excited? Of course. But, for now, we’ll take Steven Spielberg and his commitment to dodging the brownface antics of the original film that did Latinos dirty back in 1961 and hope he sticks to recruiting a primarily Latino cast and crew. Particularly because there’s no doubting that unlike previous film remakes, the new “West Side Story” has potential to be an even greater box-office hit than the one that preceded it. (It’s a bold bet, but need I remind you of our impressive buying powering when it comes to movie tickets?) With a promise from Spielberg that the role of Maria will absolutely be played by a Latina, “West Side Story” is just another example in my argument that Latinas are bringing it home for Hollywood’s massive reboot fix.
4. “One Day At A Time”
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The “One Day At A Time” remake that put a Cubana character, played by Boricua Justina Machado, front and center last year. The show has struggled to convince the streaming site to greenlight a third series in recent months, but it’s important to know that this is in spite of the pretty impressive and dedicated following the show has garnered.
5. “Party of Five”
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In the weeks and months following, The CW network seemed to have completely committed to the power that comes when you combine Latinas and reboots.
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In February of this year they cast Cuban American Jeanine Mason as the lead in the 90s favorite “Roswell,” and last month, they confirmed that after a series of long casting deliberations they’d finally locked in the third sister of the much-beloved cult classic “Charmed.” The announcement sealed the deal on an all-Latina main cast.
7. “Big Mouth”
Netflix’s animated comedy series “Big Mouth,” follows a group of tweens who are hilariously terrorized and tormented by hormone monsters (literally). For it’s second season, the series is adding more teenagers and monsters to its cast which is already made up of the likes of John Mulaney, Maya Rudolph, Jason Mantzoukas, and Jordan Peele. Doubling up on the show’s star power, Netflix just announced earlier this week that it would be bringing our very own Jane Gina on board. She’ll be playing Gina, a girl on the main characters Missy and Jessi’s soccer teammate. Need receipts? The show gave us a sneak peek at what to expect from Rodriguez with a pic of the animated character she will be lending her voice to just yesterday!
8. “Carmen Sandiego”
It seems that Netflix has been banking hard on the talent that Gina Rodriguez brings to the screen. What’s more, it appears that when it comes to their animated series, they’re going all in. Not only has the show cast Rodriguez as a regular in “Big Mouth” but they’ve also given her the titular role in their upcoming series “Carmen Sandiego.” Of course, we can’t help but wish that they’d give us a chance to see Rodriguez in a live-action version of the series, but we’re also pumped to have the “Jane The Virgin” star bring life back into one of our fave childhood animated series. #JaneTheEmissaryofNostalgia
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In her next big film roll, Rodriguez is taking on the form of a yeti. Yep, a YETI. That’s right, folks, it’s not just Netflix who has picked up on Rodriguez’s talent for the animated world, Warner Brother’s has too. The production studio giant announced earlier this year that it would be release “Smallfoot” a film about a yeti who is convinced that the legendary creature “Smallfeet” (AKA mankind) actually exists. For this project, Rodriguez will star alongside Channing Tatum, Zendaya and LeBron James. Check out the trailer, because it look cute as hell and Gina fans will be pumped at the chance to catch her voice.
10. “Miss Bala”
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In 2011, Gerardo Naranjo directed the Oscar-nominated flick “Miss Bala,” a harrowing film inspired by the true story of a beauty queen who found herself at the center of a drug trafficking scandal in December 2008. In early 2017, Deadline announced that not only would creators bring the film to the American screen in a remake, but Rodriguez had been cast to star as the film’s titular character. Based on the acclaim that the original film received and Rodriguez’s status as a Golden Globe winner, we’re already feeling optimistic over her chances of receiving an Oscar-nod. #fingersdoublecrossed
11. “Someone Great”
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Fans were ecstatic when we first reported that Rodriguez had announced she would be starring in Netflix’s romantic comedy “Someone Great.” Not just because it was a film starring Rodriguez either, but because of the girl power behind the creation of the movie as well. Not only is Rodriguez set to star, she’s also producing alongside the film’s director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson who will create the film from her very own script. The film which centers around a woman takes on adventures in New York City with her two bestfriends after a bad break up.
(It’s not a total, “Jane The Virgin” copy/paste but with that much Latina power, we’re already sold!)
12. “Creed II”
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Audiences fell in love with Tessa Thompson in 2015 when she took on the role Bianca. This year she has been busy at work getting ready for filming.
The series, set in East Los Angeles, follows Emma and Lyn two sisters who return home after the death of their mother.
14. “The Terminator”
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Colombian-born Natalia Reyes was cast in the film’s starring role and will play Dani, a working-class Mexican woman.
15. “Bye Bye Birdie Live!”
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On October 27, 2016 it was announced that Jennifer Lopez will star in NBC’s Bye Bye Birdie Live as Rose “Rosie” Alvarez and executive produce with her producing partners Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina alongside film, TV, and live musical executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. The live television musical was initially announced to premiere in December 2017, but on May 25, 2017, it was announced that it would be pushed to sometime in 2018 to accommodate Lopez’s busy schedule. On March 2, 2018, it was announced that the production had been pushed back once again, this time to 2019 at the earliest due to Lopez’s busy schedule and the producers focusing on Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. However, in May 2018, NBC announced that it planned to broadcast a live production of Hair in 2019, leaving the fate of Bye Bye Birdie unclear.
Demi Lovato will star in a film that follows the untold stories of Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty who discover that they are all engaged to Prince Charming.
17. “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle”
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Selena Gomez will star in an upcoming American fantasy adventure film directed by Stephen Gaghan, and written by Gaghan and Thomas Shepherd.
18. “Drunk Parents”
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Salma Hayek will start in this film about two drunk parents who will attempt to hide their financial difficulties from their daughter.
19. “The Hummingbird Project”
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“The Hummingbird Project” is an upcoming thriller film that stars Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård and Salma Hayek
20. “Second City”
In the new show, called “Second City,” Torres will continue in her rolw as the well-respected and brilliant attorney Jessica Pearson. Her new journey will take her away from the New York City-based law firm Specter Litt to the Windy City, where she will navigate the world of underhanded Chicago politics.