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Max Pelayo and Reese Gonzales will play the titular heroes, with Veronica Falcón, Isabella Gomez, Luna Blaise and Kevin Alejandro also joining the cast. The movie will serve as the directorial debut for Aitch Alberto, who adapted the screenplay from the novel by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
The movie centers on the friendship between Aristotle “Ari” Mendoza and Dante Quintana, two Mexican American boys on the cusp of manhood who form a life-changing bond after a chance meeting at an El Paso pool in the summer of 1987.
The film is being financed by Limelight, the outfit behind Palm Springs, which will also produce alongside 3Pas Studios and Big Swing Productions, in association with Boies Schiller Entertainment. Along with Miranda, Valerie Stadler, Kyra Sedgwick, Ben Odell and Derbez will produce, with 5000 Broadway Productions, Dylan Sellers and Chris Parker. David Boies and Zack Schiller are executive producing, with CJ Barbato co-producing.
Derbez, who is repped by UTA, most recently appeared in Apple’s Sundance winner CODA alongside Marlee Matlin.
Longoria is represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jackoway Austen, and most recently was behind the camera for her feature directorial debut, Flamin’ Hot, for Searchlight.
Alberto, who is repped by Verve, Redefine and attorney Mark Temple, was most recently a writer on Duster, from J.J. Abrams and LaToya Morgan for HBO Max and Warner Bros.
Pelayo is repped by DDO Artists Agency and The Tory Christopher Group. Gonzales is repped by Artists & Representatives and MC Talent Management. Falcón is repped by APA and Lasher Group. Gomez is repped by Gersh and Royle Dice. Blaise is repped by Coast to Coast Talent Group, CAA and Scope Entertainment. Alejandro is repped by The Gersh Agency and Main Title Entertainment.
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