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:
Kenyan-Mexican Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (Us) will see her graphic novel Sulwe get adapted into an animated musical by Netflix. The book follows a young, Black girl named Sulwe who learns that true beauty comes from within. Nyong’o, who will produce the film, wrote the book about her own lack of self-confidence as a child with dark skin. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Screenwriter Kalinda Vazquez is adapting Roger Zelazny’s 1979 sci-fi novel Roadmarks for TV. The book tells the story of a highway that can travel through time and link timelines and places. Vazquez’s past work as a writer includes Star Trek: Discovery. [Deadline]
Mexican-Ukrainian actress Alex Meneses (TV’s Prison Break) has landed a recurring role on the CW series Walker, a reboot of the Chuck Norris-led show of the 1990s, Walker, Texas Ranger. Walker has been renewed for a second season after becoming the most watched series premiere for the CW in five years when it debuted in January. [Deadline]
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has driven fans of The Simpsons to dig up one specific episode of the long-running animated series after Cruz was criticized for going on vacation to Cancún earlier this week during the devastating freeze in his home state of Texas. The 1993 episode features the character Mayor Quimby on vacation in the Bahamas as Springfield suffers through a pandemic. [Deadline]
Jessica Alba (Sin City) has changed representation to UTA. Along with her numerous film and TV roles over the last 25 years, Alba is the founder of The Honest Company, a multi-million venture Alba started to focus on offering consumers household products made without petrochemicals and synthetic materials. [Variety]