Variety has reported actor Michael Pena to star as the famous Latino civil rights activist and union organizer Cesar E. Chavez.
The indie drama has already established a good cast, including America Ferrera (â€œUgly Bettyâ€) as the wife Helen Chavez and Rosario Dawson (â€œSin Cityâ€) as Chavezâ€™s trusted aide Dolores Huerta.
The biopic will chronicle the story of Chavez leading the largest non-violent protest for farm workersâ€™ rights.
Actor Diego Luna will direct the project from a script written by Keir Pearson. It will be Lunaâ€™s second film in his directing repertoire.
â€œThis man inspired an entire community to see themselves as deserving of basic rights and to rise up against injustice,â€ said Luna to Variety. â€œThe film will send the message that change is in our hands â€“ Chavez did something everyone thought impossible with a fearless grace that magnetized an entire country.â€
The Mexican-American Michael Pena appeared in a few movies last year including â€œTower Heist,â€ â€œ30: Minutes or Less,â€ â€œThe Lincoln Lawyerâ€ and â€œBattle: Los Angeles.â€ He will be seen in the upcoming crime drama â€œThe Gangster Squad.â€
â€œChavezâ€ will begin production in Sonora, Mexico in April.