By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist May 9, 2011 at 12:27PM
A frequent though somewhat unfair criticism leveled at Michael Cera is that he always plays the same George Michael Bluth-esque role that made him popular in "Arrested Development." Although, those haters seemed to conveniently overlook that he side-stepped that persona with ease as the much more suave and badass Francois Dillinger in the underrated "Youth In Revolt." Well, no matter, because Cera's next gig is going to be straight 180-degree turn from anything you've seen in him in before.
Back in February, we chatted with “Youth on Revolt” and "Cedar Rapids" director Miguel Arteta and he revealed that Cera will be working with “The Maid” director Sebastian Silva on a new project. “He’s gonna do a movie with him in Chile,” Arteta said. “He’s spending five hours a day learning Spanish. He follows his own heart.” And now we know what the project is.
Variety reports that Cera will topline "Magic Magic" and the story will follow "a girl vacationing with her friends in a remote area of Chile who slowly starts losing her mental faculties. She tries to get her friends' attention, but they ignore her until it's too late." There's no word yet on just what Cera's role will entail or how much Spanish it will actually require, but it's definitely a left turn for the actor and we're curious to see how he fares.
The search is on for a female lead, and once that's locked down, the start of production will be scheduled. the project seems to mark an interesting trend developing for Hollywood talent.