Eva Longoria is definitely keeping busy with a whole slate of upcoming film and TV projects under her belt, including Land of Women and Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day in collaboration with George Lopez. Most recently, it was announced that she is currently developing an untitled LGBTQ+ wedding comedy feature film for Amazon Studios in partnership with fellow actress Gabrielle Union (Think Like a Man, Bring It On). In addition to being producers through their respective production companies, they will also star in the film as “dueling soon-to-be mothers-in-law whose sons are getting married,” according to Variety. No director has been revealed yet but the script is being written by screenwriter and actor Ricardo Gamboa, who has also written for The Chi and Brujos.
“Eva and I try to take over their wedding [planning] and make it the wedding of our dreams versus theirs,” Union said during an interview at the screening of her current project, The Inspection.
The project will no doubt bring unprecedented representation to Black and Latinx communities who continue to lack visibility in media, especially when it comes to LGBTQIA+ experiences. So often, LGBTQIA+ films feature queer white actors at the forefront, erasing the real experiences of queer people of color or just placing them on the sidelines as comedic relief to fulfill a diversity quota. In fact, a 2020 survey conducted by GLAAD found that only 34 percent of LGBTQ characters in films released that year identified as BIPOC, decreasing from 2017 and 2018. Of that percentage, 22 percent were Black and 8 percent were Latinx. With this new film, it will be interesting to see how they take advantage of this opportunity to empower our communities, offer much-needed representation, and bring some lighthearted comedy to audiences along the way. After years as an actor, it certainly seems like Longoria is carving out these groundbreaking roles for herself and others as a director and producer.
“One of the reasons I went into producing and directing was I wasn’t going to sit back and wait for somebody to create a role I wanted to do,” she previously said in a 2018 interview with Variety. “I was very lucky ‘Desperate Housewives’ fit into what I could do as an actor, but that’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. You can’t just sit around waiting for that, and I wanted to create that — not just for myself but for other Latinas.”
No title or release date has been announced yet but we are so excited about this one!