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Hollywood is Making a Latinx Reboot of “Father of the Bride”–Here Is Our Dream Cast

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The internet lit up on Thursday when the news was announced that the classic ’90s movie “Father of the Bride” is going to be remade with a Latinx cast.

According to Deadline, the story will focus on “a father coming to grips with his daughter’s upcoming wedding through the prism of multiple relationships within a big, sprawling Cuban-American family”.

The remake is being written by writer Matt Lopez who was inspired to take on this project based on “the many epic Cuban weddings he has attended, some of which he’s still recovering from.”

With that said, here are our choices for an all-Latinx cast of “Father of the Bride”. Check out our dream choices below!

1. George Banks – Andy Garcia

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Although Andy Garcia is primarily known for his dramatic roles, we would love to see his take on the frazzled, overly-anxious father who is concerned about his daughter’s future, originated by Steve Martin. This Cuban-American actor has proved his chops in other comedies before, like “Book Club” and the “Mama Mia!” sequel.

2. Annie Banks – Cierra Ramirez

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Famous for her role in “The Fosters” and “Good Trouble”, Cierra Ramirez would bring the perfect blend of sass and innocence to the role of the young bride in this story. There’s something about her that makes you want to see her with a happy ending.

3. Nina Banks – Luna Velez

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Since the original actress (Diane Keaton) is such an icon, it would take an especially talented actress to fill the shoes of George’s long-suffering and patient wife, Nina. We would love to see the prolific and versatile Puerto Rican actress Luna Velez fill Keaton’s shoes.

4. Bryan MacKenzie – Anthony Ramos

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Anthony Ramos is fresh-faced and optimistic enough to fill the role of well-meaning groom-to-be, Bryan MacKenzie. Ramos’ star-power is well-documented. Not only was he a part of Hamilton’s original Broadway cast, but he played the lead role in the upcoming movie-musical “In the Heights“.

5. Matty Banks – Malachi Barton

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You might know Malachai Barton as the precocious child actor who has starred in both TV and movies. Recently, he even played Cousin Diego in the live-action version of “Dora The Explorer“. We think he’d be perfect as Annie’s troublemaking younger brother Matty Banks, originally played by Kieran Culkin.

6. Franck Eggelhoffer – Oscar Nunez

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In “Father of the Bride” the character of wedding planner Franck Eggelhoffer arguably steals the movie with his comedic timing and hilarious one-liners. Fans of comedies like “The Office” and “The Proposal” know that Cuban-American comedian Oscar Nunez is one of the funniest people in the game. We would love Nunez make this whacky role his own.

7. Howard Weinstein – Faizon Love

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This may seem like a controversial casting decision, but we would love to see Cuban-American comedian Faizon Love take on the role of Franck Eggelhoffer’s energetic assistant (a role originated by legendary actor B.D. Wong). Anyone who has seen Love in “Elf” or “Couple’s Retreat” knows that he has the comedic ability to tackle any role.

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Anthony Ramos Recalls Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Advice About Not Having To Change How You Speak

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Anthony Ramos Recalls Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Advice About Not Having To Change How You Speak

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The 92nd Academy Awards were filled with unexpected wins and losses. However, the red carpet was home to some of the most memorable moments of the night. One moment that really stood out was Anthony Ramos telling Ryan Seacrest one of the first bits of advice Lin-Manuel Miranda gave him.

Anthony Ramos dazzled on the red carpet at last night’s Academy Awards.

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Ramos and his fiancée Jasmine Cephas Jones stunned on the red carpet with their looks. Ramos and Jones got engaged in December 2018 after knowing each other for three years as costars on the wildly successful “Hamilton.”

During his interview with Ryan Seacrest, Ramos recalled a touching moment he had with Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Seacrest asked the rising star about his time spent working with Miranda and Ramos had a touching story ready to go.

“Lin told me a quote one time,” Ramos told Seacrest. “I cracked a joke and I was like, ‘Ah. That’s kind of hood. I should probably change the way I speak.’ Lin said, ‘Papa, you never need to change the way you speak. You just have to make sure that people understand you.’ I’ll never forget that quote.”

Ramos added about the authenticity Miranda draws from him: “Just be honest. Just be who you are and be honest and he just kind of let me do my thing on set.”

The advice is something so many people of color can relate to and appreciate.

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Whether it is sounding hood like Ramos said or speaking with an accent, our voices have been made to feel less than. Miranda’s advice is something so many people could have used when they were younger. There is nothing more empowering than owning every part of your identity and your voice and accent are part of that. There is nothing wrong with sounding like your background as long as you make sure everyone else can understand you and who you are.

The moment is reminding fans how much they care for Ramos’s and Miranda’s relationship.

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A quick search on the Internet will show you the kind of friendly love between the two entertainers. Miranda has spent time in his own career to uplift the upcoming actor. During the awards ceremony, Miranda called Ramos a movie star giving a nod to the highly anticipated performance by Ramos in the upcoming “In The Heights” film.

Who else is excited to see this bromance grow this year?

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It is these kinds of those friendships that we want more of. Thank you for showing off that Latin excellence while uplifting each other. That’s the kind of energy we need to take into 2020.

READ: Trailer For ‘In The Heights’ Is Finally Here And It Looks Like A Latino Fairytale

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Steven Spielberg Officially Wraps Filming ‘West Side Story’ Remake Starring Rachel Zegler, Rita Moreno, And Maddie Ziegler

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Steven Spielberg Officially Wraps Filming ‘West Side Story’ Remake Starring Rachel Zegler, Rita Moreno, And Maddie Ziegler

Steven Spielberg has kept Latin Americans on their toes throughout the summer with news and sneak peeks of his production for ‘West Side Story.’ Now, as a close to the summer, he has officially announced that the film has wrapped!

The latest update from the set of Steven Spielberg’s remake of the award-winning classic rings in a new chapter for the film. The next stages will including editing, a film release and hopefully, a diverse and culturally accurate film that does it better than the first one ever did.

To celebrate the film’s potential 20th Century Fox’s official Twitter account shared photos from the set.

Aspects of “West Side Story” might not have aged well in the almost 60 years since its debut, but there’s no denying the beloved film’s position in the classic movie canon. It’s why, when talks of a “West Side Story” remake by Steven Spielberg began to occur last summer, fans of the original film helmed by directors Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins and starring actresses Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno, fans of the original film proved to be less than thrilled. Reasons for the knee-jerk objections to the remake ran the gamut with many of them stemming from fears that a white director like Spielberg being incapable of properly addressing the problems of the original film which included brownface and a mass of shameful Latino stereotypes. This week, after production for the film, announced the actors for the main cast of the film, fans of the 1961 film are resting a bit easier.

Earlier this year, production for the remake announced that after auditioning over 30K actors from across the globe, they have officially filled out their main cast and fans are not feeling let down.

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The original adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, the Romeo-and-Juliet-like story tells of the star-crossed love between Tony, a former member of the white gang known as the Jets, and Maria, the younger sister of the leader of a Puerto Rican gang. Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner has written the adaptation of the musical originally penned by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard Bernstein.

Spielberg and his team have shown to a commitment to filling out a strong and authentic cast worthy of the adaptation by searching for their actors within the Puerto Rican and extended Latinx community. Doing their due diligence for the film, Speilberg, and writers from the film reportedly met with professors and students from Universidad de Puerto Rico – Río Piedras to garner a better understanding of performing arts on the island. They have also kept an open door of communication with Hispanic heritage and advocacy groups who have helped the filmmakers behind the remake with conducting research in regards to the Latino characters of the film and their storylines.

Speaking to Deadline about his approach to casting and researching the film, Spielberg said that “When we began this process a year ago, we announced that we would cast the roles of Maria, Anita, Bernardo, Chino and the Sharks with Latina and Latino actors. I’m so happy that we’ve assembled a cast that reflects the astonishing depth of talent in America’s multifaceted Hispanic community… I am in awe of the sheer force of the talent of these young performers, and I believe they’ll bring a new and electrifying energy to a magnificent musical that’s more relevant than ever.”

Newcomer Rachel Zegler is set to play star-crossed lover Maria.

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Rachel Zegler is a high school student who responded to the production’s opening casting call for actors with a video of herself singing “Tonight” and “Me Siento Hermosa.” The 17-year-old has built a dedicated following on Youtube and Twitter in recent years, showing off her musical chops to her fans on the platforms.

Zegler recently caught the attention of the internet when she shared a viral video of her showing off her pipes.

Zegler sang a rendition of “Shallow” from the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper film “A Star Is Born.”

It’s not the first time Zegler will play Maria forever.

No doubt, Zegler’s upcoming role will garner her far more attention than this internet hit.

Broadway veteran Ariana DeBose will fill the shoes of Rita Moreno in the iconic role of Anita.

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The casting of 27-year-old Ariana DeBose is sure to increase excitement over the remake. Not only is the American actress, singer, and dancer of Puerto Rican-descent starred in the off-Broadway ensemble of Hamilton back in 2015 and in 2018 she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as  Disco Donna in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. 

Also joining the film’s ensemble are David Alvarez as Bernardo and Josh Andrés Rivera has Chino.


Read: Remembering Miranda Sanchez On The 18th Anniversary Of ‘Lizzie McGuire’

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