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Natalia Oreiro joins on Buena Vista’s ‘Santa Evita’

It’s official. Two of the Argentine industry’s biggest name actors, Natalia Oreiro and Ernesto Alterio, are attached to star in “Santa Evita,” produced by Salma Hayek and co-directed by Rodrigo García, who will also produce. Based on the celebrated multi-narrator best-seller of the same title by Tomás Eloy Martínez, the fascination of the “Santa Evita” is not just the charismatic Eva Perón but larger gender themes, said Pérez, Buena Vista Original Productions head of General Entertainment Production.

“I remember something Rodrigo García said when we first offered him the project: That the most incredible thing about the story was how the body of a woman – who was once called the spiritual leader of the nation, pushed for women’s vote, was the first woman to design a presidential candidate’s campaign – was used by men for their own political ends.”

“Santa Evita” will go into production from May through August, in Buenos Aires.

“When we bagan to out together the project, we turned to Salma Hayek, because we wanted a strong woman who would help us translate the women’s issues in the series,” said Pérez.