EXCLUSIVE: Salma Hayek has come aboard Lionsgate Pantelion’s How to Be a Latin Lover, the comedy that marks star Eugenio Derbez’s first English-language starring role. She joins Eugenio Derbez, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raquel Welch, Rob Riggle and McKenna Grace in the film being directed by The State alum and Wet Hot American Summer co-star Ken Marino.
The story, written by Chris Spain and Jon Zack, is about an aging Latin lover forced to return to live with his estranged sister and her young son after being dumped by his sugar mama. Other actors who have also joined are Renee Taylor, Rob Huebel, Michaela Watkins and Linda Lavin.
Latin Lover is a joint venture between 3Pas Studios, Pantelion Films, Lionsgate and Televisa Cinefrom. Derbez is producing with Ben Odell through their company 3Pas Studios. Mike Upton will serve as executive producer. It marks 3Pas Studio’s first film under its first-look deal with Pantelion Films.
Derbez’s previous collaboration with Pantelion Films, Instructions Not Included, became the highest grossing Spanish-language film released in North America, breaking box office records with a combined domestic and international gross of over $99M.
Hayek, who is a filmmaker as well as an actress, just finished Hitman’s Bodyguard starring opposite Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Gary Oldman.
She was honored only a week ago by Pope Francis with the Olive Medal for her work in the arts, and for the responsible use of her celebrity to promote unity and peace.
She is repped by CAA and Management 360.