Desperate Housewives may be on hiatus, but that doesn't mean that the perennially busy Eva Longoria Parker is taking a break. She just became mayor of a Latin American village—onscreen, anyway.
Eva is two weeks into filming Without Men, a comedy that boasts a largely Latino cast, including Kate del Castillo, Judy Reyes, Oscar Nuñez, Paul Rodriguez and Maria Conchita Alonso. Based on James Cañon's novel, Tales from the Town of Widows, the movie is about what happens when Colombian guerrillas forcibly recruit a town's men, leaving the women to fend for themselves. When an American journalist (Christian Slater) brings the men back, a battle-of-the-sexes ensues.
"Through humor and fantasy the story not only immerses us in a worked of magic realism but also deals with important issues of identity and the role of women in society in a very comedic way," Longoria told Variety.
Eva plays Rosalba, the self-appointed town mayor, who leads the women in their quest for independence. "All the women of the village have lived under the thumb of men, cooking and cleaning," producer Anthony Moody says. "When the men are out of the equation, they emerge as strong, independent and smart. It's an exploration of that age-old question of what the world would be like if women ran it. And the answer is: Quite lovely, thank you very much."
The movie was adapted and is being directed by Argentine director and screenwriter Gabriela Tagliavini, whose flick Ladies' Night was a Mexican box office hit in 2003. She is also currently writing the script for Cantinflas, the biopic on the legendary Mexican comedian, slated for next year.