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Reigning Queen Of Telenovelas Will Play Idris Elba's Cheating Ex-Fiancee In "No Good Deed"

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 2, 2012 10:08 PM
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Mexican starlet, and the reigning queen of telenovelas, Kate del Castillo, has joined the growing cast of producer Will Packer's thriller, No Good Deed, which already stars Idris ElbaTaraji P. Henson, and Henry Simmons, and is currently already in production in Atlanta, GA.

As previously noted, the story follows a former District Attorney, and mother of 2 young children, who are kidnapped and terrorized by a handsome but mysterious stranger, who she lets into their home to wait for help, after his car runs off the road nearby.

Henson plays the woman; Idris, the mysterious handsome stranger; Simmons will play Henson's husband, a businessman; and the newly cast Kate del Castillo will play Elba’s cheating ex-fiancee.

The plot thickens; so exactly what part could the film's kidnapper's cheating ex-fiancee play in all this? We'll just have to wait to find out.

I suspect there could be some twist to or two that we don't know about yet. But I'll stop with all the speculating, and just wait for the movie to come out :)

Worth noting, according to The Hollywood Reporter...

The part was originally written for a white actor but Screen Gems decided to make an effort to appeal to Latino filmgoers, an audience segment that studios increasingly are courting.

Although, if you recall my conversation with Will Packer 2 weeks ago, you'll remember that he said the film's script is one he was really excited about because it’s wasn’t originally conceived with black leads in mind, suggesting that it would've likely been a primarily Caucasian cast if cast according to how it was originally conceived.

Sam Miller (Luther) is directing from a script by Aimee Lagos (96 Minutes).

I won't expect to see this until early next year; or quite possibly, later this year.

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  • Kid chaos | May 5, 2012 8:10 AMReply

    I bet you no love scene between idris and this busted up looking chick

  • Miles Ellison | May 5, 2012 1:15 AMReply

    At least it's not a hooker/stripper being kidnapped and raped. I guess that's progress.

  • BluTopaz | May 4, 2012 1:09 AMReply

    Why do so many negroes like to crow about diversity when the average Latino production's idea of inclusion is Black actors cast as maids, criminals or light-skinned Latinos in blackface?

  • Orville | May 3, 2012 12:59 PMReply

    I think it is sad that a Hispanic is in this movie. Why does a movie with a black cast have to appeal to a wider audience anyway? Is this woman even a good actress can she speak English properly?

  • James Nelson | June 7, 2012 3:45 PM

    Been to movies much lately? When has an all/majority black film ever had a "wider" audience in the United States? And considering that Hollywood doesn't even try to market films with black stars overseas the question is when has a black film (non-stereotypical characters) ever appealed to the wider mainstream?

    The more puzzling question is why do filmmakers think a latina will make the picture more mainstream when the typical mainstream white audience doesn't appear to want blacks portrayed as having relationships onscreen at all unless its a white male/black female.

  • the black police | May 4, 2012 12:30 AM

    1. What is SAD about it? I really want to know where your sadness comes from.

    2. "Why does a movie with a black cast have to appeal to a wider audience anyway?" Well theres something to said for wanting to get a wide range of viewers. Its an industry. Money rules. So if hypothetically ONLY black people went to see a movie, the movie will do much worse than if ONLY white people went to see a movie. This is a matter of population.

    3. Why are you questioning her ability because she is Hispanic? If they had included a Sudanese flim star, would you raise the same concerns?

  • Carl | May 3, 2012 1:06 PM

    Yes she is and she can. You would know that if you knew what you were talking about.

  • yagtap | May 3, 2012 10:35 AMReply

    But who would cheat on Idris Elba? Fire the script editor/writer, lol

  • Donella | May 3, 2012 1:56 PM

    "But who would cheat on Idris Elba?" Not me! LOL

  • Peggy | May 3, 2012 9:32 AMReply

    I agree with wanting to appeal to diverse audiences, however in Hollywood that usually means replacing a black actress with a latina one (as Denzel or Will Smith's wives). But since Taraji is already cast in a role, I'll let this slide.

  • Nadine | May 3, 2012 3:52 PM

    I'm fine with her being cast (not that it matters), but the knee-jerk exaltations on this board were sadly predictable.

  • Nadine | May 3, 2012 3:48 PM

    Yes... this integration rarely happens with the men. I'm sure you'll also note the support being gendered... The lie is that this is a "new strategy" when it's just preference of the patriarchy.

  • LeonRaymond | May 2, 2012 11:42 PMReply

    Very smart move, that will bring a huge supportive base to follow the film. But if you really want the proof just check out the numbers for the Network and Telenovelas she appears on.-Huge beyond huge!!!

  • Vanessa | May 2, 2012 10:18 PMReply

    Why Kate Del Castillo? I don't see the appeal of this woman. I keep hearing her name, like she's some new sensation or the only "Latino" actress around...wait... Hmm well I guess all the other Latino actresses are busy filming "Devious Maids" sigh.

  • other song | May 4, 2012 12:04 AM

    @Nadine, no. Why?

  • Nadine | May 3, 2012 3:46 PM

    @OTHER SONG... Is your girlfriend actually from Spain?

  • other song | May 2, 2012 10:47 PM

    actually, my girlfriend (who is Spanish) says she's a great actress (like actually can act) and she's extremely well-known in the Latin community. so it's a win for this project.

  • mel | May 2, 2012 10:14 PMReply

    Good on them for trying to appeal to various ethnicities! This is how everyone should be broadening their audiences.

  • CareyCarey | May 4, 2012 6:32 AM

    If I am reading everyone correctly, I believe each is viewing this issue from completely different perspectives. First, I think Mel is addressing the issue of casting a "star" ( an African American "star"of the black community at least) with a with a latina who may have a completely different fan base. Then again, maybe he was simply saying - as Nadine's comment suggests - that there's something new about the formula of this casting of a latino/Mexican starlet. Now Nadine is saying (I believe) that there's nothing new about casting latina women in "black projects". I don't believe she was addressing nor considering that there may be a huge fan base that does not normally follow Idris, thus, more money for the producers. Now, Akimbo -- I assume -- was addressing Nadine's "stereotypical" comment - I think? So, if I am reading her correctly, she's simply saying that not all ethnic groups or cultures view adultery with the same ambivalence or "so what's new" attitude. Of course I could be wrong about all of this, but that's my understanding. But I think we all can agree that S & A's comment section/program leaves much to be desired.

  • Akimbo | May 4, 2012 3:57 AM

    What's stereotypical about a Latina cheating wife? If she's "hot-blooded" or "spicy," that's one thing, but adultery is as ethnicity-specific as speeding: not at all.

  • Nadine | May 3, 2012 3:57 PM

    I'm not understanding these responses to casting a Latina (as a cheating wife btw - no stereotypes there) in a role in a predominantly Black project is anything new. Has this not been a topic that has been studied for years in Black film and t.v. themed essays and articles? Have you seen the music industry from the radio stations to the performers? I don't understand...

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