Mexican actress and singer Eiza González will play what is possibly the role of her life. The actress who became famous for her role as Lola Valente in the Mexican musical telenovela Lola, érase una vez, will play the diva of the Mexican Golden Age, María Félix.
As Deadline reported, Gonzalez has partnered with Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director Matthew Heineman, Linden Entertainment, and Felix’s estate to bring her story to life.
Gonzalez will play Felix and will also produce the film with Dana Harris and Nicole King for Linden Entertainment. Walter Rivera will executive produce the film on behalf of Felix’s estate.
Considered the most beautiful face of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, María Félix — also known as ‘La Doña’ or ‘María Bonita’ — was a temperamental and seductive actress, with a beauty framed by a powerful personality.
“So much and so intense is her beauty that it hurts,” said Jean Cocteau of the actress he met on a film shoot in 1950.
Felix acted in almost fifty films and was intransigent when it came to saying “no” to Hollywood who, in the actress’s words, “always offered me roles as an Indian peasant girl, and I wasn’t born to carry baskets.”
Born in 1914 in Alamos, in the state of Sonora, Felix came to fame for her role in 1943’s “Doña Barbara.” Descended from Yaqui Indians and with drops of Spanish blood, Felix was the personification of the beauty and tenacity of the Latina.
For González, therefore, it will be a challenge to play the role of La Doña.
She expressed her excitement on Instagram.
“This is one of the most exciting moments of my life. I’ve always wanted to tell a story that features women, namely Latina women. Maria was a pioneer of the feminist movement who helped lay the foundation for future female trailblazers. Maria is an inspiration to me and many others. I’m so grateful to the María Félix estate for choosing us to share her story with the world!”
Gonzalez and Heineman’s team is looking for a Latin American writer to adapt Felix’s intense and inspiring life to the screen in what could be the biopic of the decade.