Mandy Patinkin Joins Penelope Cruz's 'Queen of Spain' (Exclusive)

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Mandy Patinkin, Penelope Cruz

The 'Homeland' star will play a fictitious American screenwriter in the film about a famous movie star (Cruz) who flees the glitz and glamour of 1950s Hollywood to return to her roots in Madrid.

Mandy Patinkin has signed on for a supporting role in Fernando Trueba's The Queen of Spain. Penelope Cruz stars in the Spanish-language film that centers on a famous movie star who flees the glitz and glamour of 1950s Hollywood to return to her roots in Madrid.

The Homeland star will play a fictitious American screenwriter who works on the film starring Cruz's character. Cruz will play Macarena Granada, an imaginary Spanish actress of the 1930s who first appeared in Trueba and Cruz's previous collaboration, The Girl of Your Dreams.

Queen of Spain marks Cruz's third teaming with Trueba. Their first film, 1992's Belle Epoque, won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film. Girl of Your Dreams, for which Cruz won her first Goya Award, serves as a prequel to Queen of Spain and has Cruz and the original Spanish cast reprising their roles nearly two decades later.

Filming begins Feb. 29 in Budapest and then moves to Madrid. Cristina Huete (Chico & Rita) and Anne Deluz (Girl of Your Dreams) are producing alongside Cruz and Eric Charles Wilkinson (A Fall From Grace). Wilkinson is spearheading sales and distribution.

Patinkin is a two-time Emmy nominee for his role as Saul Berenson on the Showtime hit Homeland, which wrapped its fifth season in December. He also co-starred in Asif Kapadia's Ali and Nino, which made its world premiere last month at the Sundance Film Festival. The actor is currently voicing the character of Papa Smurf for Sony's Smurfs: The Lost Village.

Patinkin is repped by Paradigm.

Cruz is handled by CAA, Untitled and Katrina Bayonas in Spain.

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