Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez is set to play well a Mexican of course, in the remake of 1987 comedic hit Overboard. Derbez, 55, will reprise the role originally played by Goldie Hawn with a Latino twist. Hawn played Joanna Stayton, a over-the-top spoiled heiress who falls off the family yacht and now Derbez will be the spoiled over-the-top heir of one of Mexico’s wealthiest family – no not the Carlos Slim family.
Anna Faris, 40, will reprise Kurt Russell’s role of Dean Proffitt – a down on his luck carpenter who convinces the heiress that she is his wife. This time Faris will play “a single, working class mom: who convinces Derbez that they’re married” after he falls off the family yacht and suffers amnesia.
Derbez who hails from Mexico City, Mexico is very well known to Latin American movie audiences with his long-running TV series’ La Familia P. Luche and Al Derecho y al Derbez. He introduced himself to U.S. audiences with Instructions Not Included. The versatile actor starred, directed and produced the English language movie that garnered over $100 Million in box office receipts.
The Overboard movie will start filming in May and is being restyled by MGM and Pantelion Films. Pantelion Films is a partnership between Lionsgate and Mexican media powerhouse Grupo Televisa. Pantelion Films biggest success-to-date is Derbez’ Instructions Not Included. Pantelion was also behind Cantinflas, Cesar Chavez and the Filly Brown movies.
The comedic talent knew he arrived in Hollywood when he received his Hollywood Walk of Fame star last year. Next month Derbez will star in another Pantelion movie How to be a Latin Lover co-starring Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe and Raquel Welch.
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