The odds that Casa de mi padre, a Spanish-language film set to star Will Ferrell, is all a big hoax went down 12% tonight. Mexico natives Gael Garcia Bernal (Blindness) and Diego Luna (Milk) have joined the cast along with Genesis Rodriguez (Entourage), Pedro Armendariz Jr. (The Legend of Zorro), Hector Jimenez (Nacho Libre), and Adrian Martinez (Kick-Ass), effectively legitimizing the project.
The plot of the film — said to be in the style of an “overly dramatic telenovela” — is still under wraps. Though one potentially revealing detail has surfaced in the description of Luna’s character. Details after the jump.
THR identifies the characters of exactly three of the above actors. Rodriguez will play Ferrell’s love interest. Bernal is a family friend. And Luna will play Ferrell’s brother.
Upon first hearing of the project, my best guess was that Ferrell would play a tourist, where some sort of hijinks occur with the locals in their native language. But if Luna and Ferrell are brothers… well, that’s a different beast. That suggests Ferrell as Latino — the “telenovela” keyword further indicates a broad characterization that flirts with racism.
Maybe I’m way off. Maybe they’re half brothers, or step brothers. Doesn’t really matter. How cool is it that Ferrell is taking on a Spanish-language film? Matt Piedmont, who helmed all twelve episodes of HBO’s Funny or Die Presents…, is on board to direct.
This won’t be the first time that Luna and Bernal have worked together. The duo teamed in 2001 for Alfonso Cuaron’s Y tu mama tambien, followed by brother Carlos Cuaron’s Rudo y Cursi in 2008.