Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna join Will Ferrell in Spanish-language comedy Casa de mi padre

When we first reported on CASA DE MI PADRE last month, our own JoBlo was rightly perplexed by the idea that Will Ferrell would be doing a Spanish-language comedy of all things. And consider the pretext - that the film was something Ferrell was being forced into doing as part of "a closed-door settlement" and that he would have to learn to speak Spanish in a month. Looking over everything now, the idea is clearly a joke... one that could result in an absolutely hilarious film.

THR today is reporting that Gael Garcia Bernal (LETTERS TO JULIET, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN) and Diego Luna (MILK, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN) have joined the oddball-sounding comedy for director Matt Piedmont (HBO's "Funny or Die Presents..."). Bernal will play a family friend while Luna will play Ferrell's brother.

Also coming aboard are Genesis Rodriguez ("Entourage") as Ferrell's gorgeous love interest (pictured below), Pedro Armendariz Jr. (ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, THE CRIME OF FATHER AMARO), Hector Jimenez (SIN NOMBRE, NACHO LIBRE), and Adrian Martinez (IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, KICK-ASS).

Though the story for the film has so far been kept under wraps, the idea is that it will be told "in an overly dramatic telenovela style and feature English subtitles." As a Hispanic man who grew up in a household where telenovelas (Spanish soap operas) were always playing in the background, I'm already howling at the very thought of Ferrell attempting this. God, I can't wait for a trailer. This could very well be the Spanish ANCHORMAN.

CASA DE MI PADRE begins shooting this month.
Extra Tidbit: Bernal and Luna were directed by another Cuaron - Alfonso's brother Carlos for the 2008 soccer film RUDO Y CURSI.



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