Anya Taylor-Joy to Star in Film Noir From ‘Lolita’ Author & More in This Week’s Film & TV News

Lead Photo: Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
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CineInforme is a weekly film and television news column that keeps you up-to-date on the Latinx stories happening on the big and small screens. From casting choices to studio briefs in Hollywood and beyond, CineInforme is your one-stop-shop for film and TV updates. Swing by every Friday to make sure you don’t miss the latest happenings.

Here’s your glimpse at what’s going on this week:

  • Anya Taylor-Joy and The Queen’s Gambit co-creator Scott Frank will work together again, this time on an adaptation of Lolita author Vladimir Nobokov’s 1932 novel Laughter in the Dark. The film noir, Frank says, will be “a really nasty, wonderful, thriller.”[Indiewire]
  • Several animators and those working in the animation industry spoke about what still needs to be done to make sure there is more representation in animated films and TV series. “We’re going to make more room like that for everybody, like you said, the Native American, the Latinx,” says Karen Rupert Toliver, an executive at Sony Pictures Animation. “That’s the work we have to do. It will take a minute, but you know we’re in it.” [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • University of Miami associate professor Tom Musca directed the film Chateau Vato with help from his film students. The comedy, which stars Paul Rodriguez (Tortilla Soup) and Elpidia Carrillo (Predator), is about a working-class family who moves into the mansion of a recently deceased millionaire. The movie is currently streaming on HBO Max and HBO Latino. [Miami University]
  • Looking for something to watch this weekend? Today (Dec. 11), two new films hit VOD platforms. First, try Wander Darkly, an unconventional, time-jumping drama starring Diego Luna (Rogue One) and Sienna Miller (American Sniper) as a couple faced with relationship problems from different sides of the great beyond. Also, the film The Weasel’s Tale is an Argentine dramedy directed by Juan José Campanella (Oscar-winning film The Secret in Their Eyes). [Washington Post]
  • In an interview with Variety, Latina legend Rita Moreno discussed her early career and how she played parts that were “embarrassing.” She called that point of her career her “dusky maiden period.” Moreno said: “Any character who had dark skin, I got all those parts. I could play a Polynesian, East Indian princess, whatever.” Variety’s 1961 review of West Side Story called Moreno’s Oscar-winning performance a “fiery characterization.” [Variety]