‘Jane the Virgin’ Star Gina Rodriguez Cast as US President in Disney Series
Gina Rodriguez, best known for her role in “Jane the Virgin” on The CW, is going to step into the shoes of a U.S. president in Disney’s upcoming series “Diary of a Female President.”
The series has reportedly begun production with Rodriguez and co-stars Selenis Leyva, Michael Weaver, Tess Romero and Charlie Bushnell. The actress will also serve as executive producer under her I Can and I Will Productions, per Deadline.
“Diary of a Female President” will follow a 12-year-old Cuban American named Elena, played by Romero, who presses through the challenges of middle school. The character is described as, “unabashed, semi-dweeby, ultra-observant and with a strong point of view.” The series will show how her young life will prepare her for the future as President of the United States.
Rodriguez will play Elena’s older version, who, at the start of the series, will be on her campaign trail. Bushnell will play Elena’s older brother Bobby, while Leyva will play her mother Gabi. Weaver, on the other hand, will play Sam who has a romantic interest on Gabi.
“I established my production company as a vehicle to tell stories for and by the underrepresented,” Rodriguez said of her new series. “Bringing this story to Disney+ is a dream come true not to mention hope for our future.”
“Diary of a Female President” is set with 10 episodes. The show is expected to begin airing when Disney’s new streaming platform, Disney+, launches.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez’s has recently wrapped up filming five seasons of “Jane the Virgin.” The show is currently airing the last few episodes of its final season on The CW and is expected to air the series finale this August.
“For four years we’ve been blessed to have writers who are so socially conscious and aware and want to bring light and shed light on so many issues without judgment, without commentary — just a safe space,” the actress said, per Huffington Post. “Whether it be immigration, women’s rights, inclusivity, we’ve been doing it on “Jane.”