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Meet The Fresh All-Latino Cast Of The New ‘Party Of Five’ Reboot Dealing With Immigration

As we reported earlier this year, there’s a new version of “Party of Five” that will be seen soon on the small screen. But this version won’t be like the old one. In fact, the only similarity that the two shows have — as we can see now — is that they’re both two families that are without their parents. The coolest part about this new reboot is that the cast won’t be all white, but all Latino.

The “Party of Five” reboot cast has been announced and we have been given an all Latino cast.

The announcement, reported by Deadline, includes the four major roles of the older siblings, and not the little guy.

The original “Party of Five” followed five siblings who were orphaned when their parents were killed by a drunk driver. Audiences watched the five siblings learn how to grow up without guidance after losing both of their parents.

This version of “Party Of Five” will focus on a Mexican-American family who’s parents — named Gloria and Javier Buendía — have been deported to Mexico, leaving their kids to take care of themselves.

And the cast is nothing like we expected. Here they are…

Brandon Larracuente as the oldest brother.

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You may recognize Brandon from “13 Reasons Why” or “Bloodline.” Brandon has been acting since he was eight years old and began his career on the theater stage.

Brandon will be playing the role of Emilio Buendía, an aspiring musician, which Matthew Fox played in the original. Not only does that means he’s the oldest brother, but the main man in charge. But here’s an issue, according to Deadline, “he’s the least responsible of the siblings, and had been enjoying living away from home and the freedom that came with it until his parents’ status was threatened.” Yikes, in fact, Emilio is the reason why the parents first came to the U.S. in the first place.

Emily Tosta as the oldest sister.

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Emily comes by way of shows such as “Mayans M.C.” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.” According to her IMDB profile, she was “born in Dominican Republic to a Venezuelan mom and Dominican dad.”

Emily will play the role that made actress Neve Campbell famous. She will be the oldest sister — Lucia Buendía — “a straight-A student with lofty college ambitions until her parents run into trouble with immigration,” Deadline reports.

Niko Guardado as the second oldest brother. 

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Niko (seen on “The Goldbergs” and “The Fosters”) plays the role of second oldest brother of the family, who is the Scott Wolf character. Many may remember that Wolf was pretty much everyone’s crush when the original show was back on in the ’90s. We’re thinking Niko will take that throne easily.

His name on the show is Beto and is the one that really steps up in the family to take over their parents. Since Emilio isn’t the most responsible brother, Niko is calling the shots.

Elle Paris Legaspi as the youngest sister. 

Legaspi will play 10-year-old Valentina, who was once played by Lacey Chabert. The original character was a little bit annoying. She was always in people’s business, whining about this and that, so we hope Elle doesn’t have to do the same.

According to Deadline, Valentina is “precocious and resourceful” but very vulnerable considering she is still a young child without her mom.

We can’t wait to see this!


READ: ‘Party Of Five’ Is Returning To TV With One Big Twist

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Disney Just Announced That We Won’t Have To Wait For The Pandemic To End In Order To Watch Mulan— Thank The Ancestors!

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Disney Just Announced That We Won’t Have To Wait For The Pandemic To End In Order To Watch Mulan— Thank The Ancestors!

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After months of delays and waiting, Disney has announced that Mulan fans will no longer have to wait for a major theatrical release to see the live-action version of the animated classic. On Tuesday the Walt Disney Company revealed that the film will no longer seek a major theatrical release and that the blockbuster’s debut will take place on the subscription streaming service, Disney+.

To see the movie, customers will need to pay an additional $29.99 on top of the cost of the monthly subscription for Disney+

“In order to meet the needs of consumers during this unpredictable period, we thought it was important to find alternative ways to bring this exceptional family-friendly film to them in a timely manner,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek explained in a statement according to Variety. “We see this as an opportunity to bring this incredible film to a broad audience currently unable to go to movie theaters.”

The company has said that it plans to release Mulan in theaters in areas where Disney+ is not available to audiences.

According to Variety, “The decision to put Mulan on premium video-on-demand further emphasizes the studio’s increased reliance on Disney Plus at a time when most of their business — from theme parks and cruises to movie theaters and retail stores — have been crippled by the pandemic. Research, Chapek says, suggests that bringing a high-profile release like Mulan to homes “will act as a fairly large stimulus to sign up for Disney Plus.”

Mulan had been originally scheduled for a theatrical debut on March 27 and was meant to be Disney’s biggest theatrical release for the year.

Disney shelled out a $200 million budget and in early March the studio set up a lavish red carpet premiere at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Days later, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Disney to postpone the movie’s release. The movie’s debut was then pushed back several times before Disney announced last week that they would indefinitely remove it from the release calendar. Fortunately, they’ve changed their mind and Mulan will debut on the streamer’s new platform on September 4, 2020.

Disney’s latest version of Mulan stars actress Yifei Liu as the titular character based on the legend of a female Chinese warrior who disguises herself and takes her father’s place as a soldier.

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Netflix’s ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Reboot Is A Millennial Fan Girl’s Dream

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Netflix’s ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Reboot Is A Millennial Fan Girl’s Dream

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Get ready, mi gente! The Netflix version of “The Baby-Sitters Club” is about to totally shake up your views on reboots.

That’s right, Netflix has given the beloved series, based on the books of the 80s, a new makeover and it has all of the updates you have been begging for. Slightly edgier and loads more diverse, the new series features the same characters written by Ann M. Martin decades ago. This time however the series comes with twists that make the babysitters’ little fictional town of Stony Brook, Connecticut all the more exciting.

From Kristy and Mary Anne to Claudia, Stacey, and even Dawn the gang’s all here!

Check them out below!

Dawn Schafer

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Played by Xochitl Gomez (“Gentefied,” “You’re the Worst,” and “Raven’s Home”), Dawn is featured in the new series as Mary Anne’s new Latina friend who recently moved to Stoneybrook from Los Angeles. Dawn is the club’s alternate officer and an eco-conscious Latina who joins in a few episodes into the season. Speaking about her role as a character who had initially been blonde and blue-eyed in the books, Gomez told The Los Angeles Times that “it’s really important that there is representation for girls that look like me. When I was younger, I didn’t see many characters on TV shows that I could see myself in. And it really matters that TV reflects the world.”

Claudia Kishi

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Momona Tamada plays the series’ beloved character, Claudia. As one of the only characters of color in the OG series, Claudia became a fan favorite for readers due to her many talents, beauty and smarts. In this series, not much has changed. She’s still the style-conscious vice president with a passion for art who loves her Japanese-American roots despite never having learned to speak Japanese.

Stacey McGill

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Stacey is still the treasurer of club. She comes from the Upper West Side of Manhattan and has quite the thumb for style. In the Netflix series she is played by Shay Rudolph. One of the most exciting changes in this new series is that Stacey (who in the books struggled with hiding her diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes) is open and proud of her disorder. “I knew I had a lot of responsibility playing Stacey,” Rudolph told LA Times in an interview before explaining that she herself interviewed teens with diabetes to prepare for her role. “I asked the people I talked to what it feels like when blood sugar is dropping and what they can and can’t do without an insulin pump. I want it to be empowering to younger kids when they see Stacey is still so loved and accepted by her friends even though she has this thing she is self-conscious about.”

Mary Anne Spier

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For her role as Mary Anne, Malia Baker does a pretty spot-on job as the shy club secretary of the OG series who is also Kristy’s best friend. “I haven’t read a lot of books about shy girls,” Baker told the LA Times. “I know that’s kind of weird to say, but I connected with Mary Anne the most because deep down I am a shy person. But I also connected with all of the characters in different ways. And that’s one of the great things about ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’; you can connect with at least one of the characters.”

In this new series, Mary Anne’s character eventually proves to be just one example of the show’s effort to push for diversity. In one of her most defining moments in the new series, Mary Anne babysits for and stands up for a young transgender kid when they’re misgendered.

Kristy Thomas

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And finally, there’s the club’s leader: Kristy. Played by Sophie Grace, Kristy in this series remains the president of the club. In this series, she’s quick to call out social injustices and loves her gals more than ever. “I’m so honored to be a part of a series like this that gives kids someone to relate to,” Sophie Grace explained. “Kristy has her family struggles. Her parents are divorced. That’s really hard for kids, and we see how she’s finding her way through that.”

Check out the show’s trailer below!

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