It seems like forever ago that Diego Luna, beloved by all the ladies at the Remezcla office, announced his first English-language film as a director: a biographical film about farm-worker-turned-labor-leader-turned-civil-rights-activist Cesar Chavez. (A movie that’s been on our wish-list for a while.) Now, finally, not only do we have an official trailer for the film but also a release date!
The film stars Michael Peña (a.k.a. the guy who put the mustache on the N) as Chavez alongside a cast of other well-known badasses such as America Ferrera (Helen Chavez), Rosario Dawson (Dolores Huerta), Yancey Arias (Gilbert Padilla), and John Malkovich (Bogdanovich a.k.a. the bad guy!).
The film has also undergone a name change. It’s no longer simply Chavez but Cesar Chavez: An American Hero. It’s a gift to Chicanos from a guy born in Mexico whose first son was born in the US.
“The idea behind the film is to talk about a community that now I have a strong connection with,” Luna said in an interview with the Huff Post. “And I found out that no one has done a film about him and I don’t think it has been celebrated enough. And I think it’s the right time to tell the story of Cesar Chavez.”
The film arrives in theaters on April 4th 2014, days after Chavez’s birthday. Watch the trailer below: