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Marisa Tomei has joined La Vida Robot, Pantelion Films’ upcoming drama about four undocumented Mexican-American high school students who form a robotics club.
George Lopez also stars in the project, which is being directed by Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer) from a script by Elissa Matsueda. The story is based on a Wired magazine piece by Joshua Davis.
Tomei will play a teacher who supports the high school robotics team as they compete in the national robotics competition against reigning champion MIT.
Lopez is producing the project via his Travieso Productions banner, with David Alpert via the Circle of Confusion banner, Rick Jacobs, Leslie Kolins Small and Ben O’Dell, who is overseeing the project for the studio.
La Vida Robot is the first film under Lopez’s recently announced film and TV deal with Pantelion Films and South Shore, the film and TV ventures between Lionsgate and Mexican media giant Televisa.
Pantelion Films, created in 2010, aims at creating projects for the Latino audience. It had a major hit with the recent comedy Instructions Not Included, which became the top-grossing Spanish-language film of all time at the North American box office, grossing more than $44 million to date domestically.
Three-time Oscar nominee Tomei’s recent projects include The Ides of March and Parental Guidance. She’s repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
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