Consuelos, Velazquez in Oxygen movie


Mark Consuelos and "My Name Is Earl" co-star Nadine Velazquez have been tapped to star in the Oxygen original movie "Husband for Hire."

Mario Lopez, Erik Estrada and Tempestt Bledsoe round out the cast of the tentatively titled romantic comedy.

Velazquez stars as Lola, a Latina businesswoman who has to get married or she will lose her share of the family fortune, while Consuelos plays Nate, the man she hires as her husband-to-be. Lopez has been cast as Lola's ex-fiance, Estrada as her traditional father and Bledsoe as her no-nonsense best friend.

The movie, from executive producers Tim Perell and Howard Gertler of Process Media and writer-director Kris Isacsson, begins shooting this week on location in New Mexico and is scheduled to premiere later this year.

" 'Husband for Hire,' with its hilarious, gorgeous cast, is a perfect romantic comedy for Oxygen," said Debby Beece, president of programming and marketing at Oxygen. "This will be our fourth original movie with Tim and Process Media, and nobody knows our audience better than them."

Perell and Process Media produced the Oxygen movies "My Sexiest Mistake," "Tempting Adam" and "Romancing the Bride," the latter two of which Isacsson wrote and directed.

Consuelos next appears in the feature film "Wedding Daze" and NBC's unscripted series "Age of Love," while Velazquez plays Catalina in the NBC comedy "Earl." Lopez is co-host of the weekend edition of "Extra" as well as a daily show correspondent and next appears in the ABC Family movie "Holidays in Handcuffs." Estrada recently appeared on the CBS reality series "Armed & Famous" and the movie "Kickin' It Old School," while Bledsoe's recent credits include several episodes of the N series "South of Nowhere."