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Sofia Vergara Will Be Starring In a Gender-Swapped ‘Zorro’ TV Series Reboot Produced By Robert Rodriguez

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Just when you thought you’d heard it all, news of Sofia Vergara playing Zorro’ TV Series comes out, and you have to start questioning everything.

That’s right–recently the news broke that Vergara will be starring in a “Zorro” TV series where she’ll be playing a female version of the legendary masked vigilante.

According to the press release, the Colombian beauty will be playing the character of Sola Dominguez, an “underground artist who fights for social justice as a contemporary version of the mythical Zorro’ TV Series.” The plot will thicken as Dominguez’s “life is threatened by several criminal organizations after she exposes them.” So…it sounds like the series will also be set in modern times? Interesting.

The character of “Zoro” was created by Johnston McCulley in 1919. The legend follows a masked, caped crusader (alias: Don Diego de la Vega) in Alta California who defends Indigenous and poor Californians from the heartless and exploitative ruling class.

The wildly popular character started off appearing in the pages of pulp fiction books before making his big-screen debut in 1920. Since then, the character has been played by everyone from Douglas Fairbanks to Antonio Banderas to Christian Meier.

This time around, the reboot is being produced by Mexican-American Robert Rodriguez of “Machete” and “Spy Kids” fame.

According to reports, the pilot will be directed by Robert Rodriguez’s sister, writer-director Rebecca Rodriguez. So that means the main creative team is made up of Latinos and will be spearheaded by a woman. This sounds like a super exciting project!

This isn’t the first time that Rodriguez and Vergara have partnered up professionally. The duo previously teamed up for 2013’s Machete Kills in which Vergara played a deadly and seductive brothel owner.

This isn’t the first time that Robert Rodriguez has been attached to a Zorro movie. He was initially set to direct 1999’s version, The Mask of Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas, but ended up shelving that project due to creative differences.

We hope that Rodriguez can truly execute his vision this time around! We love to see Latinos as a creative force in front of and behind the camera.

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We’re Finally Getting a First Look at What the Disney+ ‘Proud Family’ Reboot Will Look Like

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We’re Finally Getting a First Look at What the Disney+ ‘Proud Family’ Reboot Will Look Like

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In case you haven’t heard, The Proud Family–the classic cartoon of the early 2000s–is being rebooted on Disney+. And before you get worried, the characters will be voiced by the original cast. Obviously, we’re also hoping that the original theme song remains (you can’t beat early-aughts Destiny’s Child).

The original animated series was trailblazing for having a young Black girl, Penny Proud, as its main character–a rarity at the time. Also, the rest of the characters were, refreshingly, almost all people of color.

Last week, Disney+ revealed a first look at the new series, which will be called “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder”.

The first look trailer gave fans a look at what the creators have called the new “family tree”. The rebooted cast will be full of old favorites–like Dijonay Jones and Zoey Howzer.

In addition, the show will not be leaving out the Prouds’ next-door neighbors and frenemies, the Boulevardez family. That means we’ll be seeing a lot more of Felix, Sunset, and Lacienega Boulevardez. (Fun fact: Felix Boulevardez was voiced by Carlos Mencia–no word yet on whether the comedian will be returning for the reboot.)

One of the most exciting additions to the cast of characters is a character named Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, voiced by Keke Palmer.

According to reports, Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins is the adopted daughter of a mixed race family. Moreover, Maya will also be both “woke” and an activist who “isn’t afraid to use her voice for good.” Sounds very 2021.

Naturally, the Twitterverse has quite a lot to say about the “Proud Family” reboot.

Although most people roll their eyes at the news of a reboot, in this case, the general reception to “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” was positive.

This person is happy that they didn’t completely switch up the animation style of the original show.

We’re glad that the new show is sticking to hand-drawn animation. We’re also glad that the characters don’t look radically different.

This person was glad that there is a reboot that has non-white characters as the protagonists.

Unfortunately, a lot of the projects that are currently being rebooted are shows from a bygone era where non-white people were rarely center stage.

This person is stoked that the series’ creators decided to stick with the original voice actors–with the added benefit of Keke Palmer.

Yes, the woman who voices Sunset Boulevardez (Maria Canals-Barrera) also played Theresa Russo on “Wizards of Waverly Place” and Demi Lovato’s mom on “Camp Rock“.

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‘Spy Kids’ Is Being Rebooted by the Original Director and Fans Are Torn

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‘Spy Kids’ Is Being Rebooted by the Original Director and Fans Are Torn

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It’s been over 20 years since Robert Rodriguez’s family action-comedy film “Spy Kids” first premiered and, my, how time flies. And if that piece of information doesn’t make you feel old, then maybe this might: Rodriguez is officially rebooting the beloved franchise.

The news just broke that Rodriguez will return to write and direct a “reimagined” take on “Spy Kids” that centers around a “multicultural family.”

Other than the details above, we still don’t know the other details about the reboot. It is notable, however, that Rodriguez has been hinting about a reboot for a while.

When a new movie called “We Can Be Heroes” set in the “Sharkboy and Lavagirl” universe hit Netflix on January 1st, Rodriguez revealed that he is constantly being asked to revive the “Spy Kids” franchise.

“I’ve been getting calls from all kinds of studios: ‘Reboot Spy Kids.’ ‘Reboot Sharkboy.’ Of course they want to,” he told EW. “[The executives are] all sitting at home with their kids.”

This is big news for fans of the original movie that spawned a four-film franchise.

The 2001 movie was such a hit that Rodriguez returned to direct four sequels: “Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams”, “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over”, and “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World” (a stand-alone sequel starring Jessica Alba and Joel McHale).

At the time of its release, “Spy Kids” was groundbreaking for featuring a Latino family as the lead characters. Back then, Latino representation in movies and on TV was even scarcer than it is now.

Just last year, Robert Rodriguez talked about how he had to fight to ensure the original “Spy Kids” family was Latino.

“For me it was a big victory…to have the kids in ‘Spy Kids’ be a Latin family,” he explained at a virtual Comic Con panel. “The studio was like, ‘Why are you making them Latin, though, why don’t you just make them American?’ They are American, they’re based on my family.”

“There were no roles being written for Latins at that time, back in 1999, nor were they being cast. If I wasn’t Latin, I would have given up the fight,” he continued. “When you’re doing anything that’s new, this just happens to be about diversity, you’re going to get a question and you have to have a good answer.”

Of course, fans have had varied reactions to the news.

“Spy Kids” is a movie that many Latinos of a certain age hold near and dear to their hearts.

This fan hoped that the reboot would not tarnish the legacy of the original franchise.

This fan hoped that Rodriguez was still committed to displaying Latino representation onscreen:

This person had a good idea about what the reboot should be called:

Whatever happens, we’re sure that the rebooted franchise is in good hands with Robert Rodriguez!

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