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Nabbing his first English-language role, Luis Gerardo Mendez, one of Mexico’s biggest stars, has joined Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in Netflix whodunit Murder Mystery.
Kyle Newacheck, who recently helmed the action comedy Game Over, Man! for Netflix, is directing the feature, which also has Luke Evans in the cast.
The script by Jamie Vanderbilt (Zodiac, White House Down) centers on a NYC cop (Sandler) that finally takes his wife (Aniston) on a long-promised European trip when a chance meeting on the flight with a mysterious man (Evans) gets them invited to an intimate family gathering on the super yacht of an elderly billionaire. When the wealthy man is murdered, they become the prime suspects.
Mendez will play a champion Formula One driver but, as with other characters in this murder mystery, he has a secret.
The movie is looking to cast a group of international actors, which is being assembled as the movie preps for a shoot in Montreal and Italy later in June.
Mendez starred in Gaz Alazraki’s 2013 comedy Nosotros Los Nobles, which grossed over $28 million to become Mexico’s second-most-successful film of all time. He was nominated for an Ariel Award for best actor for his performance. Mendez’s other credits include Cantinflas, which was released by Pantelion and was the U.S.’s highest-grossing foreign-language film in 2014.
The actor is a big player in the endorsement scene in Mexico and currently appears with Thomas Middleditch as the comedian’s counterpart in Latin American Verizon ads.
He next appears in Time Share (Tiempo compartido), which premiered in January at Sundance and will be released in Mexico later this year. Mendez also stars in and produces the comedy Club de Cuervos, Netflix’s first Spanish-language original series, currently in production on its fourth season.
Mendez is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency, Goodmanagement and Talent on the Road Management.
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