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America Ferrera to Make Directorial Debut

Tue 06 Feb 2024 | 03:43 PM
America Ferrera
America Ferrera
Yara Sameh

America Ferrera is set to make her directorial debut with the film adaptation of "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter" at Amazon MGM Studios’ Orion Pictures from screenwriter Linda Yvette Chávez. 

The pic, based on Erika Sánchez’s New York Times bestselling novel of the same name, was previously set at Netflix.

It follows Julia Reyes, a teen with a sharp tongue, a fierce wit and big dreams of becoming a famous writer, somewhere far, far away from Chicago and her traditional Mexican immigrant parents who just can’t understand her love for Whitman, Dickinson and the Ramones. 

They wish she was more like Olga, Julia’s sister, now eternally perfect since her tragic death. As Julia seeks to break free of her oppressive home, she tries to uncover her sister’s truth, and in the process gains a deep understanding of the wounds her family carries.

Producers include Doreen Wilcox Little, MACRO Film Studio’s Charles D. King and Poppy Hanks, Aevitas Creative Management’s David Kuhn and Anonymous Content. Sánchez and MACRO Film Studio’s Greta Talia Fuentes will executive produce. 

Anonymous Content optioned the rights to the book under the company’s first-look deal with Aevitas Creative Management.

Ferrera is coming off a busy award season promoting her most recent role in the hit Greta Gerwig feature movie "Barbie", which earned the actress her first Academy Award nomination. 

Additionally, Ferrera recently starred in the Craig Gillespie-directed movie "Dumb Money", based on the 2021 book The Antisocial Network. 

She is well known for bringing to life Betty Suarez in the ABC dramedy "Ugly Betty", a role that earned her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2007.

The project reunites Ferrera with Chávez following their collaboration on Netflix’s "Gentefied", a TV series co-created by the latter and executive produced by the pair.