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Isabela Merced, who starred in Dora and the Lost City of Gold, has joined Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan in Warner Bros.’ remake of Father of the Bride.
Gaz Alazraki, who helmed Club de Cuervos, is directing the feature, which goes before cameras in May.
Like previous iterations of Bride, which includes a Spencer Tracy-fronted 1950 movie and the Steve Martin-starring 1991 feature, the latest remake will center on the father of a soon-to-be bride coming to terms with his daughter’s nuptials. The latest take, however, will be told through the relationships in a big, sprawling Cuban American family.
Merced will play the sister of the bride, who is being played by Adria Arjona. Garcia is the father.
Matt Lopez wrote the script for the update, which is being produced by Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner of Plan B, the banner behind acclaimed drama Minari.
In addition to starring in Dora, in which she toplined as the globe-trotting adventuress, Merced co-starred with Mark Wahlberg in Instant Family, was part of the ensemble for Netflix’s Let It Snow, and appeared with Benicio Del Toro in Sicario: Day of the Soldado.
She next voice-stars in DreamWorks Animation’s Spirit Untamed and will be protected by Jason Momoa in action-thriller Sweet Girl. Both are due to be released this summer.
Merced, who is also a singer-songwriter signed to Republic Records, is repped by CAA.
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Sterling K. Brown