Gina Rodriguez to Play Carmen Sandiego in Live-Action Netflix Feature

Posted by on March 30, 2018

The "Jane The Virgin" and "Annihilation" actress previously committed to voicing said bandit in a 2019 Netflix animated series.

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Gina Rodriguez now has multiple “Carmen Sandiego” projects in the pipeline for NetflixDeadline first reported that the Golden Globe winner will star and co-produce a forthcoming, live-action feature on the scarlet-clad thief, news she shared on Twitter. In April, Rodriguez confirmed plans to voice the character in the streaming service’s upcoming animated series.

Villainous Carmen Sandiego first garnered fans in 1985, with the release of Broderbund’s educational video game “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt now owns the franchise, further popularized in the ’90s with a pair of PBS gameshows and a Fox animated series (“Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?”) The latter ran from 1994 to 1999, with the lead role voiced by icon Rita Moreno, who plays Rodriguez’s grandmother on the CW’s “Jane the Virgin.”

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is readying new Carmen Sandiego books for 2019, when Netflix will premiere the animated version, co-starring Finn Wolfhard (“Stranger Things”) and currently set for 20 episodes. Duane Capizzi, the former executive producer and head writer of the Hub Network cartoon “Transformers: Prime,” will serve as showrunner and co-executive producer. Netflix is seeking a writer and director for the feature. IndieWire has reached out to Netflix on how the storylines will differ.

Rodriguez was galvanized to launched her production company, I Can and I Will, after no actors of color received Oscar nominations in 2016, the year of #OscarsSoWhite. At the time, she’d been hopeful that Oscar Isaac, who is Guatemalan-American, would received a nod for his work in “Ex Machina;” they shared the screen in writer-director Alex Garland’s recently released follow-up, “Annihilation.”

“There are 55 million Latinos in this country and although we all come from various backgrounds our unity can make a movie explode at the box office or a TV show soar to the highest viewers possible,” she wrote in a January 2016 Instagram post. Since “there isn’t one Latino that can greenlight a movie,” she called upon her peers to “start making noise with where it matters most, where we put our dollars.”