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We Took ‘How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days’ And Replaced The Cast With All Latino Actors- Here’s The Result

Good news for all you rom-com lovers out there! Recently, news broke that the early-2000s seminal masterpiece “How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days” is getting a modern reboot–this time, for our TV screens. According to E! News, the remake-project is currently in development for the streaming platform Quibi and will be written by “Mindy Show” alum Guy Branum. According to the press release, the show will focus on “a glib young online writer and an oversexed advertising executive, both looking to prove they’re capable of being in a monogamous relationship”. But, obstacles come up when they “discover that staying in a relationship is harder than it looks”.

Needless to say, this is a dream-come-true for fans of the original Hudson-McConaughey charmer. It will also be a great addition to a TV landscape that’s sorely lacking in romantic-comedy projects. But more than anything, we think the reboot of “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” is the perfect opportunity to improve upon the original cast choices. Although everyone in 2003 hit was talented, it was a group of actors sorely lacking in diversity. On that note, we’re excited to see if the newer version adds a little color to their cast. FIERCE by Mitu has made a dream all-Latinx cast of “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”. 

Take a look below!

Diane Guerrero as Andi

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The character of Andi is an ambitious young woman who, although she is beautiful, is smart above all else. She wants to be taken seriously in her career, but no one will give her a chance. Diane Guerrero has the comedy chops and quiet intelligence to play this role perfectly. Not to mention, Guerrero should have some free time on her schedule now that “Orange is the New Black” has come to an end.

Oscar Isaacs as Ben

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Oscar Isaac has the range and talent to play any character he wants. We’d love to see him in this reboot because we’ve never seen him in a romantic comedy before. We can just imagine him playing the aforementioned “oversexed advertising executive” that charms Andi into falling in love with him against her will.

Richard Cabral as Tony

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Yes, Richard Cabral has risen to prominence playing thugs and gangsters, but we know he has so much more potential in him. We’d love to see him play against-type as Ben’s nerdy and skeptical friend, Tony.

Melissa Villaseñor as Michelle

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We would love to see SNL star Melissa Villaseñor take a stab at playing Andi’s best friend and co-worker, the neurotic and man-obsessed Michelle. Can’t you just imagine Villaseñor pretending to be a cooky couple’s counselor like in the original film? There’s nothing we’d love more. 

Christina Milian as Jeannie

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As Andi’s stable and sexy friend, Jeannie doesn’t have much to do other than be a foil to Michelle’s craziness. And we can’t imagine an actress more badass and independent than Cubana Queen Christina Milian. 

Oscar Nuñez as Thayer

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We all know Oscar Nunez as the practical and professional Oscar on “The Office”. But if you’ve ever seen “The Proposal”, then you know that Nunez can also bring the crazy. That’s why he’d be perfect for filling the role of Thayer, originally played by the brilliant comedic actor Thomas Lennon.

Gina Torres as Lana Jong

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Anyone who’s seen Gina Torres on “Suits” knows that Torres can play “powerful boss lady” like she’s born for the role. We can totally see her as Andi’s boss Lana–the intimidating but supportive editor of Composure magazine. Honestly, we’ll take any excuse to get more Gina Torres in our lives. 

Renee Victor as Glenda

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Famous for voicing the feisty Abuelita in Coco, this actress has played matriarchal roles in everything from “Paranormal Activity” to “Vida”. Everything about her screams “pure of heart” just like Jack’s mom in the original version.  Just look at the face! This woman would never be able to lie her way through a game of Bull****.

Edward James Olmos as Jack 

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You may know Olmos primarily for playing Selena Quintanilla’s father, Abraham, in the 1997 Jennifer Lopez-vehicle, “Selena”. Olmos has the kindness and gravity to play Ben’s feisty and lovable dad, Jack.

Rita Moreno as Mrs. DeLauer

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Has there ever been another role more perfectly suited for the talents of Rita Moreno? We’re 100% positive that Moreno would deliver the line “Ladies, frost yourselves” possibly better than the original actress. Here’s to hoping…

A Studio Executive Wanted Julia Roberts To Play Harriet Tubman In A Biopic

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A Studio Executive Wanted Julia Roberts To Play Harriet Tubman In A Biopic

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Gregory Allen Howard, the screenwriter, and producer of Harriet, a historical drama based on Harriet Tubman’s life starring Cynthia Erivo, said in 1994 when he began working on the project, a studio executive wanted Julia Roberts to take on the title role. 

The obvious issue being that Harriet Tubman is one of the most celebrated black women in American history — she almost made it on the twenty-dollar bill before Donald Trump came along — and Roberts is a white woman. The executive didn’t think anyone would notice. 

Allen recalled in a Q&A how different Hollywood was 25 years ago when he first began writing Harriet.

“I was told how one studio head said in a meeting, ‘This script is fantastic. Let’s get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman,’” Howard explained. “When someone pointed out that Roberts couldn’t be Harriet, the executive responded, ‘It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.’”

Howard retold the story in a recent essay for the Los Angeles Times. He noted that there was a sole black person in the room when the incident happened.

“Fortunately, there was a single black person in that studio meeting 25 years ago who told him that Harriet Tubman was a black woman,” Howard wrote. “The president replied, ‘That was so long ago. No one will know that.’”

It’s no surprise it would take Howard 25 years to get his Harriot Tubman script told the way he wanted. The screenwriter credited the recent blockbusters starring black icons for paving the way for his film to finally get made. 

“When 12 Years a Slave became a hit and did a couple hundred million dollars worldwide, I told my agent, ‘You can’t say this kind of story won’t make money now.’ Then Black Panther really blew the doors open,” Howard said.

Tubman lived a full life despite being born into slavery. She died at 90 years old, a free woman having liberated at least 700 slaves, and as an America hero. Harriet took her last breath in 1913, thus the idea that viewers wouldn’t remember her is moot. 

Many Twitter users of color took this anecdote as an opportunity to lament about Hollywood’s constant white-washing.

Sociologist Nancy Wang Yuen shared four photos in response. One of Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of Afro-Cuban Mariane Pearl, Mike Meyers as an Indian guru, Jake Gyllenhaal as a Persian, and Johnny Depp as a Native American. All are white characters playing a different race, while opportunities and roles for people of those races remain few and far between. 

“Julie Roberts as Harriet Tubman? Rebel Wilson is writing and producing a teen K-pop movie. Meanwhile, me and my friends can’t put two nickels together to get our indy features made or seen,” another user commented. 

Some users roasted the scenario by putting images of Julia Roberts on twenty-dollar bills or claiming they could possibly play Roberts in a film despite being a person of color. 

“I just heard that Chiwetel Ejiofor only got the part in 12 Years a Slave because Julia Roberts turned it down. Damn,” another user joked. 

Jordan Crucchiola, the associate editor of Vulture, decided to look on the bright side: an incident like this should stop anyone’s imposter syndrome short. 

“If you’re chasing a Hollywood dream and feel doubtful you’ll ever make it, remember there are executives getting paid shit loads of money to suggest JULIA ROBERTS should play Harriet Tubman. A jar of cockroaches is more qualified than some of these people so DON’T GIVE UP,” Crucchiola wrote on Twitter. 

Howard documented his struggle to get Harriet made in his LA Times essay.

Howard is perhaps best known for writing the screenplay for Disney’s Remember the Titans, but Harriet was always his passion project. 

“I wanted to turn Harriet Tubman’s life, which I’d studied in college, into an action-adventure movie. The climate in Hollywood, however, was very different back then,” Howard told Focus Features.

The screenwriter suggested that Hollywood executives were unable to see stories about black people or starring black leads as profitable. 

“The number of doors slammed in my face, the number of passes, the number of unreturned phone calls, canceled meetings, abandonments, racist rejections, the number of producing partners who bailed, are too many to list,” Howard wrote. “And later I foolishly used my status as a commercial screenwriter to get meetings and then sneaked in a pitch for Harriet Tubman’s story. Bait and switch.” 

With marginalized voices breaking barriers in Hollywood, Howard was finally able to get his film made. 

“As someone who has been in this business for decades, I am enjoying the warmth of the Hollywood climate change, and the diverse stories that are bathing in that sunlight, happy that Harriet’s other journey is now finally complete,” he wrote. 

Jennifer Lopez Wants to Play Batman One Day and Here’s What That All Latinx Cast Could Look Like

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Jennifer Lopez Wants to Play Batman One Day and Here’s What That All Latinx Cast Could Look Like

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Jennifer Lopez has proven over her long career that she can do anything. Whether she’s acting as a musician, actress or businesswoman, she’s shown what talent and dedication can bring to her every role. In fact, JLo is hoping to one day bring that famous work ethic to another unexpected part. 

In a recent sit down for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” interview, JLo talked with the newly cast Batman, Robert Pattinson. During the captivating interview, the two began talking about how they choose the roles that they decide to take on. This brought up the topic of the upcoming “Batman” movie. When Lopez mentioned that she thought Pattison will make an excellent Batman, the actor countered by saying the Latina superstar would be a great Batman as well. To which, Lopez responded, “I could be Batman. Why not? I think as an actor, it would be fun to explore.”

This interaction got us thinking. We would love to see a “Batman” movie led by JLo as the Caped Crusader but an all Latinx cast would be even better. Gotham better get ready because here’s what an all Latinx “Batman” movie could look like. 

Jennifer Lopez as Batman

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What does it take to play Batman? It needs to be an actor who has the athleticism to do justice to the Dark Knight while still having the charisma to play the Bat’s billionaire counterpart. Anyone who’s seen JLo’s on-stage antics knows she’s got the skills to wear the cape and it’s no question that she’s a charismatic individual. To top it off, with movies like “Hustlers” under her belt, JLo has proven that she can lead to big bucks at the box office. As far as we’re concerned, she can play the superhero whenever she likes. 

Diego Boneta as Robin

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The actor who plays Robin will need to have boyish good looks, the ability to bring some humor to the script’s dark moments and the same athleticism as Batman. His staring role in “Rock of Ages” more than proved that Diego Boneta’s got the moves and his time on “Pretty Little Liars” and “90210” have cemented him as a heartthrob. Sounds like we’ve got ourselves a Boy Wonder.

Edward James Olmos as Alfred

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Who better to play JLo’s father-like confidant than the man who first played her dad on the big screen. Edward James Olmos is definitely a legend in his craft and would bring an air of wisdom necessary to play Batman’s trusted butler. He’ll also make sure Batman isn’t leaving the cave in any bustiers. 

Becky G as Batgirl

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With her role as the Yellow Ranger in the big screen adaptation of ‘Power Rangers,” Becky G has already  shown us that she’s got the skills to play a superhero. Her naturally spunky personality would also be perfect to bring the bold and sarcastic Batgirl to life in an all Latinx reboot.

Pedro Pascal as Catwoman

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If we are going to gender bend the role of Batman, we might as well do the same for the Bat’s love interest, Catwoman. His role as Oberyn Martell in “Game of Thrones” showed us what the actor can do with a staff. Just imagine that same skill applied with a whip instead and we’ve got ourselves a dynamite Catwoman. The possibility of seeing Pascal in a catsuit is an added bonus. 

Benicio Del Toro as the Joker

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Benicio Del Toro has a talent for playing bad guys and, if the bad guys are more than slightly unhinged, it’s all the better. No bad guy is a bigger nemesis to the Caped Crusader than the Joker and we can definitely see Del Toro in this role. Think of his performance as Jack Rafferty in “Sin City” mixed with his time as The Collector in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s the kind of energy he could bring to the Clown Prince of Gotham.

Cardi B as Poison Ivy

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Let’s consider Cardi’s 2019 Halloween costume as her unofficial audition for Poison Ivy. A femme fatele that can have any man she wants eating out of the palm of her hand? That sounds like Cardi to us. Plus, the rapper would be rejoining her “Hustlers” costar JLo. Seeing them pole dance together was just the preview to them fighting each other in this all Latinx reboot. 

Oscar Isaac as the Penguin 

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Oscar Isaac is another actor who has a history of taking on strange and thought provoking roles. Though he’s best known now for is time as Poe in “Star Wars,” he’s also played straight-up villians. His performances as Blue Jones in “Sucker Punch” and Nathan Bateman in “Ex Machina” truly show the range he can bring to a complex character such as the Penguin. Added bonus: he looks great in a three-piece suit.