Carmen Sandiego is famously hard to locate, but it turns out she’s been hiding out on the CW this whole time. Our sister site Deadline has exclusively reported that “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez has been cast as the title character in a live-action “Carmen Sandiego” feature film from Netflix. Rodriguez will also produce the film through her company I Can and I Will Productions.
The character of Carmen Sandiego was first created in the educational video game series “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” starting in 1985. Carmen is a globetrotting thief and the leader of the criminal organization VILE whose exploits across the globe help players of the game learn international geography. The video games spawned a children’s TV game show that was hosted by Lynne Thigpen and ran from 1991-1995. It won six Daytime Emmys during its run and earned five straight nominations for Best Children’s Series (1992-1996).
Rodriguez has been playing the title character in the telenovela dramedy “Jane the Virgin” since 2014 and has earned three Golden Globe nominations for her performance, winning in 2015. She also appeared in the critically acclaimed 2018 sci-fi thriller “Annihilation,” and she will also be seen in the upcoming “Miss Bala,” a remake of the 2011 crime drama that was Mexico’s official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, though it wasn’t nominated. And in addition to starring in the live-action “Carmen Sandiego” movie, Rodriguez will also be voicing the character in a 2019 “Carmen Sandiego” animated series, also on Netflix.
Are you excited to see Rodriguez take on the role of the international outlaw?
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