Sofia Vergara is going Cuban in 2017.
The actress, most known for playing Colombian character Gloria Pritchett on Modern Family, is set to play Gina Montana in an upcoming Scarface reboot.
The actress will reportedly star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, who will play the role of the infamous Tony Montana. Vergara's character, who is DiCaprio's younger sister, was originally played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in the 1983 classic. The movie, which first debuted in 1932, tells the story of a Cuban refugee, Tony, and his plight to success as a drug lord in Miami.
'Working with DiCaprio is a blessing and he is really nailing his role. It must be the Italian blood," Brian DePalma, the original film's director said. "As so far as casting Sofia Vergara as Gina, Montana’s sister will be just as epic. Combining these two actors will ensure the successful relaunch of Scarface.” The role will certainly be an interesting one for Vergara, considering she is often criticized for playing into the Latino stereotype on screen.
But despite the original's popularity, the director also revealed that the remake wasn't so easy to cast. "This project has been on the drawing board for almost 15 years and I was just about to give up on it until 2013 when I saw The Wolf of Wallstreet in the cinemas and saw Leonardo DiCaprio’s energy and fire, I knew I wanted him to be Tony Montana," he said. "Two years later, we are well into production and are expecting a 2017 release."
The movie will reportedly follow the same plotline as the original, but there will be new scenes to tell the story, such as the new, bright setting of Los Angeles. "This remake is not set in the 1980’s but in the mid 2000’s and obviously there are going to be differences because of the era. I think both fans of Scarface and those who are new to the story will love what we are doing here,” said director Pablo Larraín.
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