John Ortiz has locked down back to back film roles, starting with New Line Cinema’s upcoming comedy Going In Style, directed by Zach Braff from a script by Theodore Melfi. Ortiz will play “Jesus,” a Mensa smart criminal who is socially responsible and deplores society’s treatment of the elderly. He joins Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin, along with Ann-Margret, Peter Serafinowicz, Joey King and Christopher Lloyd, in the remake of the 1979 classic. Donald De Line is producing, with Tony Bill, Jonathan McCoy, and Andrew Haas executive producing.
He’s following that up with the live action DreamWorks feature A Dog’s Purpose, based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron. The film is a series of vignettes directed by Lasse Hallstrom and starring Bradley Cooper (as the voice of the dog), along with Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, Juliet Rylance, and Peggy Lipton. Gavin Polone produces, while Alan Blomquist, Mark Sourian exec produces. Ortiz stars in his segment as “Carlos”, a stern, all business cop who trains his dog to assist him in solving crime.
Ortiz can next be seen in Disney’s The Finest Hours, starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck, and directed by Craig Gillespie, as well as Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs. He recently wrapped the indie A Woman, A Part starring opposite Maggie Siff and directed by Elisabeth Subrin. He’s repped by Gersh, Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management, and legally by Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams.
Mark Consuelos joined the cast of All We Had, the directorial debut of Katie Holmes. He’ll play “Vic”. Stefania Owen, Luke Wilson, Richard Kind, Judy Greer also star in the film about a young mother and her teenage daughter who relocate to a small midwestern town during the height of the worldwide economic crisis in hopes of making a better life. Josh Boone & Jill Killington wrote the script, based on the novel by Annie Weatherwax.