The rise, fall, and sort of rise again of Mexican pop icon Gloria Trevi is epic. She was a teenaged pop star in a girl band, went solo, sold millions of records, and then as an adult was arrested amidst a huge sex scandal, spent years in jail, and after being cleared of all charges was released. Oh, we almost forgot! She also got pregnant while in jail. It turns out the father of the baby was her manager who was incarcerated alongside her. Sergio Andrade, her baby-daddy and former manager, was later found guilty of previous charges of raping and kidnapping an underage girl. You just can’t make this stuff up.
Nine years after being released from prison, Trevi is fighting for a comeback. This year she starred in the novela “Libre para amarte,” and released a new album “De película.” Shortly after the release of her album details about an upcoming biopic started to leak to the press. Tentatively titled Gloria shooting is set to start in Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City later this month.
The outspoken singer told a Mexican newspaper that she knows nothing about the movie and it is being made without her consent. An unauthorized biopic? This could be good! Even though the producers don’t have Trevi’s permission to tell her story they have acquired the rights to her music for the film.
The biopic is a collaboration between production companies in Mexico, Brazil, and the United States. It will be directed by Christian Keller and the script written by Sabina Berman, a four-time winner of the National Playwriting Award in Mexico. In the titular role of Gloria, will be Sofia Espinosa best known for her role as Paty on the HBO Spanish-language prison drama Capadocia. The resemblance is pretty striking:
The movie will trace Trevi’s ascent to stardom throughout the eighties and nineties and will recount her arrest, incarceration, and release from jail in 2004. The production company’s website emphasizes the role Trevi’s music will play in the film, “This musical drama explores the destructive relationship between Gloria and her manager, Sergio Andrade, told through the lens of the provocative, socio-politically charged music that made her famous.”
There are lots of ways to go with this. It could be salacious and sensational or could have a more measured tone. But, come on! This is Gloria Trevi, a.k.a. the Mexican Madonna. She is famous for singing songs that teach young women how to wear their, “pelo suelto” and gyrate uncontrollably.
I guess we’ll have to wait until late 2014 when the film is slated to be released in theaters to find out. What’s your favorite Gloria Trevi song? This is mine…