Melissa Barrera, who is set to star as Vanessa in the upcoming movie adaptation of In the Heights, will also play a (new take on) the opera heroine Carmen on the big screen. The Mexican actor and singer has been tapped to take on the title role of Carmen, a contemporary reimagining of the Bizet opera.
The film, according to Variety, hails from New York City Ballet alum Benjamin Millepied, marking his feature debut. Anna in the Tropics Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz will pen the script, with Nicholas Britell and Julieta Venegas attached to compose an original score. Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades) will star alongside Barrera as Aidan.
“Carmen is the opera of my childhood. Growing up, it was an ever-present part of my musical beginnings. It has inspired me greatly as an artist,” said Millepied. “For many years, I have been passionate about creating a film musical, and Carmen presents an incredibly exciting opportunity for exploring dance and music onscreen.”
The Dimitri Rassam-produced project will begin shooting this fall in Los Angeles.
Bizet's Seville-set opera was also the inspiration for another movie musical: 2001's Carmen: A Hip Hopera starring Beyoncé. The composer's score was also adapted for the musical Carmen Jones, which made its way to Hollywood in 1954. An Off-Broadway revival from Classic Stage Company recently led the pack at the 2019 Lucille Lortel Awards.