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Roselyn Sanchez is taking a trip to Fantasy Island.
The Grand Hotel and Devious Maids alum has been tapped to star in Fox’s straight-to-series update of Fantasy Island. The actress will play a descendant of Ricardo Montalban’s Mr. Roarke in the straight-to-series drama set to bow Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 9 p.m.
Picked up in December, the series is described as a modern update of the former ABC entry that takes place at a luxury resort where literally any fantasy requested by guests is fulfilled, though they rarely turn out as expected. Delving into the “what if” questions — both big and small — that keep us awake at night, each episode will tell emotional, provocative stories about people who arrive with dreams and desires and depart enlightened and transformed through the magical realism of Fantasy Island.
Sanchez’s Elena Roarke is described as a woman who set aside her own ambitions and the love of her life to uphold her family’s legacy. Sophisticated, insightful and always charming, Elena’s calm exterior masks the challenges of the responsibilities she has assumed as steward of this mysterious island.
Sanchez toplines a cast that also includes Kiara Barnes (The Bold and the Beautiful) as Ruby Okoro, a young woman with an old soul who arrives on Fantasy Island with a terminal illness and is given a new lease on life there; and John Gabriel Rodriquez (Rosewood) as pilot Javier, who also is the head of island transportation and a jack of all trades.
Production on the new Fantasy Island is already underway in Puerto Rico. The new take is exec produced by Liz Craft and Sarah Fain (The Shield). Sony Pictures TV, Gemstone Studios and Fox Entertainment are the studios on the co-production.
All seven seasons of the original Fantasy Island and the late ’90s reboot will be available on Fox’s free-streaming platform, Tubi, starting May 1.
Sanchez is repped by APA, Alchemy Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein.
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