Remake of romance thriller 'The Bodyguard' to feature 'young Latina' as lead

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There’s a remake in the planning stages of the beloved 1992 romance, “The Bodyguard.”

The task of taking on the role that Whitney Houston made iconic (her only hit film appearance) will be a daunting one. For artistic and cultural reasons, writer Matthew López has wisely decided to cast a Latina in the part.

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As Entertainment Weekly noted, López just became the first Latino playwright to win a Tony Award for Best Play, for “The Inheritance.” And it was after last Sunday’s Tony Awards ceremony that the director let it be known that the new “Bodyguard” script will center on a “young Latina” lead.

"When Warner Bros. approached me about the idea,” said López, “I quickly said I would but I wanted the protagonist to be Latina. They agreed to that. There's been a lot of speculation about what I'd bring to the remake, and some people were assuming that there'd be a gay storyline to it." López is gay, and his hit play centered on a group of gay men.

"It was important to me to use this opportunity to get Latin faces up on that screen and to get their stories told in a big way," said López.

The director is taking a welcome chance here to highlight an up and coming actor, which is not only important for Latinx representation, but sidesteps Hollywood’s often predictable way of relying on big names to carry a movie, when a new face might work better.

The remake does not have a release date just yet.

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