Deadline is reporting that Baby Driver and I Care A Lot actress Eiza Gonzalez is set to portray Mexican film icon Maria Felix in a biopic from director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, A Private War).
In addition to starring, Gonzalez will also produce the film, which will explore Felix’s journey to becoming one of Mexico’s most successful and beloved stars of all time with roles in 47 movies throughout a career which saw her described as “the most beautiful face in the history of Mexican cinema”.
“Maria’s tenacity and fierce way of living through some of the hardest adversity I’ve witnessed has inspired me and many more,” said González. “I’m incredibly honored to be playing her and to be bringing her voice and story to the world. Maria constantly pushed boundaries and lived by her own rules, while the world tried to tear her down. I’ve always believed her life needs to be seen around the world, for people to learn more about how society depicts successful and driven women.”
“We have long been searching for the right partner to tell Maria’s story, and we are proud to be partnering with Eiza González as she embodies so much of Maria’s strength, intelligence, passion, character and beauty,” said Walter Rivera, who is executive producing the project on behalf of Felix’s estate. “We know Eiza and this film have the power to influence change, much like Maria Felix did, and we know in Eiza’s hands, Maria Felix’s legacy will be portrayed in the most authentic light.”
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Gonzalez was last seen on screen in this year’s MonsterVerse clash Godzilla vs. Kong, while next up is Michael Bay’s next film Ambulance, where she stars alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Garret Dillahunt and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.