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Will Ferrell to star in Spanish-language film 'Casa de mi Padre'

November 3, 2011 |  1:21 pm

Will Ferrell

In the culturally open-minded tradition of Steve Martin and Chevy Chase in "¡Three Amigos!" and Jack Black in "Nacho Libre," Will Ferrell looks to become the latest Hollywood comic star to take a swipe at the Spanish language.

Variety reports Thursday that Ferrell will star in "Casa de mi Padre" as a ranch owner's son who's trying to settle his father's debts while struggling with a feared narco overlord played by Mexican actor Gael García Bernal. According to Variety, rights to the film have been obtained by Lionsgate's Latino label, Pantelion Films.

Diego Luna, who played opposite Bernal in Alfonso Cuarón's coming-of-age drama "Y Tu Mamá También" (2001), a landmark of modern Mexican cinema, as well as the dark comedy "Rudo y Cursi" (2008), also will appear in "Casa."

Matt Piedmont, who'll direct, wisecracks to Variety that his and Ferrell's "collective knowledge of the Spanish language amounts to what we learned during a half-hour Learning Annex class taken the night before production of the film began."

But the project has promise. Spanish-language comedies with cross-border casting could play well with Latinos, who are among the fast-growing segment of U.S. theater audiences. Not to mention the marketing possibilities throughout Latin America, a part of the world where many movie theater chains are compelled to show disproportionate numbers of Hollywood films.

So who will laugh last? Vamos a ver.


Mexican culture in a sweaty headlock

Mexican stars chase the Hollywood dream

Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal reunite for 'Rudo y Cursi' 

-- Reed Johnson

Photo: Will Ferrell in "Old School." Credit: DreamWorks


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