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Zorro gets a gender-swapped female-lead reboot TV series at NBC from Sofia Vergara

Zorro gets a gender-swapped female-lead reboot TV series at NBC from Robert Rodriguez and Sofia Vergara

Robert Rodriguez is teaming up with Sofia Vergara to put a female-driven spin on the iconic Zorro character for a new NBC TV series.

Rodriguez will co-write the series alongside his sister Rebecca Rodriguez, the latter of which will direct the series, according to Deadline.

Vergara will serve as a producer through her LatinWe production company, alongside Ben Siverman and Howard T. Owens’ Propagate. 

Robert and Sofia: Robert Rodriguez is teaming up with Sofia Vergara to put a female-driven spin on the iconic Zorro character for a new NBC TV series

Robert and Sofia: Robert Rodriguez is teaming up with Sofia Vergara to put a female-driven spin on the iconic Zorro character for a new NBC TV series

The show will center on Sola Dominguez, described as, ‘an underground artist who fights for social justice as a contemporary version of the mythical Zorro.’

Not only does she fight injustice, she must also defend herself against several criminal organizations after she exposes the truth about them.

Propagate had set up a similar female-lead version of Zorro as one of the first projects under its first-look deal at CBS Studios, which was also set up at NBC and written by Alfredo Barrios Jr.

Mythical Zorro: The show will center on Sola Dominguez, described as, 'an underground artist who fights for social justice as a contemporary version of the mythical Zorro'

Mythical Zorro: The show will center on Sola Dominguez, described as, ‘an underground artist who fights for social justice as a contemporary version of the mythical Zorro’

Both the Rodriguez siblings will serve as executive producers alongside Propagate’s Silverman, Owens, Rodney Ferrell, Greg Lipstone and Jay Weisleder, LatinWe’s Vergara and Luis Balaguer, plus Geoff Clark, Eric Bromberg and John Gertz.

The project comes more than two decades after Rodriguez was attached to direct The Mask of Zorro, the 1998 film starring Antonio Banderas and featuring a breakthrough performance for Catherine Zeta-Jones.

He ultimately walked away from the project, with Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Casino Royale) taking over at the helm. 

Mask of Zorro: The project comes more than two decades after Rodriguez was attached to direct The Mask of Zorro, the 1998 film starring Antonio Banderas and featuring a breakthrough performance for Catherine Zeta-Jones

Mask of Zorro: The project comes more than two decades after Rodriguez was attached to direct The Mask of Zorro, the 1998 film starring Antonio Banderas and featuring a breakthrough performance for Catherine Zeta-Jones

Rodriguez is most well-known for his work directing movies, including last year’s Alita: Battle Angel, but he’s no stranger to TV, having founded his own channel, the El Rey Network.

He is also coming off directing the most recent episode of the Disney Plus hit Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

His next project is the kids adventure film We Can Be Heroes, which debuts on Netflix on Christmas Day. 

Film director: Rodriguez is most well-known for his work directing movies, including last year's Alita: Battle Angel, but he's no stranger to TV, having founded his own channel, the El Rey Network

Film director: Rodriguez is most well-known for his work directing movies, including last year’s Alita: Battle Angel, but he’s no stranger to TV, having founded his own channel, the El Rey Network

Robert’s sister Rebecca Rodriguez has directed a number of TV episodes for shows such as Mayans MC, Nancy Drew, The Chi and Season 2 of Snowpiercer.

Vergara, who is coming off an 11-season run starring on ABC’s Modern Family, has become a more prominent producer over the years.

She produced her comedy Hot Pursuit with Reese Witherspoon in 2018, along with the documentary series 365 Days of Love and the Amazon Prime series Maradona: Blessed Dream. 

Producer: Vergara, who is coming off an 11-season run starring on ABC's Modern Family, has become a more prominent producer over the years

Producer: Vergara, who is coming off an 11-season run starring on ABC’s Modern Family, has become a more prominent producer over the years

TV producer: She produced her comedy Hot Pursuit with Reese Witherspoon in 2018, along with the documentary series 365 Days of Love and the Amazon Prime series Maradona: Blessed Dream

TV producer: She produced her comedy Hot Pursuit with Reese Witherspoon in 2018, along with the documentary series 365 Days of Love and the Amazon Prime series Maradona: Blessed Dream

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