Can you imagine being young again? That’s the tag line for a new film produced by Eugenio Derbez and Ben Odell’s 3Pas Studios and Pantelion Films, which brings famous Mexican telenovela star Veronica Castro to the big screen in a lead role in Cuando Sea Joven (When I’m Young).
This will be Castro’s first film to be released in the United States. The Spanish-language drama will have English subtitles.
In When Sea Joven, Castro plays Malena, a gray-haired widow in her 70s who runs away from home when she discovers her children are planning to send her to a nursing home.
As she wanders the streets of Mexico City, reflecting on her life, she enters a studio where the photographer asks her to think of her happiest memory and captures the moment. Well, somehow, magically, this transforms her back to her 22-year-old self and gives her a second chance to live a version of the life she dreamed of and lost.
Now, playing “Maria”, played by Natasha Dupeyrón (Señorita 89) to hide her true identity, she becomes the singer in her grandson’s band, trying to pursue her dream of singing, which she had to give up. While living this new phase, she also encourages her grandson not to give up on his own dreams.
The film reunites Castro with Dupeyron, who both worked together on the hit Netflix original series La Casa de las Flores (House of Flowers)a black comedy/telenovela spoof created by Mexican writer and director Manolo Caro.
Other cast members include Michael Ronda (Control G), Eduardo Santamaría (Buscando a Frida), Pierre Louis (Control G) and Alejandra Baros (Buscando a Frida) with a special performance by Edgar Vivar (Chespirito, El Chavo del 8 ) and special participation of Maribel Fernández (Amores con trampa) and Manuel “Flaco” Ibañez (Hasta que el dinero nos separe).
When Sea Joven, directed by Raúl Martínez (El Mesero) and written by Juan Carlos Garzón and Angélica Gudiño, is an adaptation of the Korean film Miss Grandma written and directed by Hwang Dong-Hyuk, creator of the international Netflix hit Squid game. The Spanish version was also created in collaboration with LimeLight Productions, CJ ENM and The Lift.
The film will open on September 23rd in more than 300 US theaters, after debuting in Mexico on September 15th.
Pantelion Films distributing Cuando Sea Jovenpreviously released the worldwide hit Derbez Instructions Not includedwhich became the highest-grossing Spanish-language film of all time in the US
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