Disney’s latest release Encanto marks the first time the animation studio has set a film in South America – with the entirety of the movie taking place in a magical version of Colombia.
As such, it makes perfect sense that the voice cast is made up of actors with Colombian heritage – with the likes of Stephanie Beatriz, John Leguizamo and Diane Guerrero among those in starring roles.
Read on for everything you need to know about the cast – including who they’re playing and where their voices might be familiar from.
Stephanie Beatriz plays Mirabel Madrigal
Who is Mirabel? The lead character in the film, Mirabel is unlike her family in that she has not been bestowed with a special gift – but she soon finds herself taking on a central role in trying to save her enchanted home when things go awry.
Speaking exclusively to RadioTimes.com about the role, Beatriz said: “As someone that’s a huge Disney fan and was obsessed with the Disney heroines growing up, to be able to step into that line of icons is really… I’m just like, stunned, but it’s very strange to be a part of it and really a dream come true.
“And I love her. I love how funny she is. Oftentimes, in these films, the sidekick characters are kind of the ones that bring the comedy, but Mirabel brings it herself, which I think is new and sort of special and different, for her to be the one that’s cracking the jokes. This new Disney heroine, she comes from a long line of incredible characters, but she’s something new and different and special. And I think audiences are going to really appreciate that.”
What else has Stephanie Beatriz been in? Beatriz is best known for her role as Detective Rosa Diaz in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, while she has a vast number of voice credits to her name – including TV shows such as Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous and BoJack Horseman and films including Ice Age: Collision Course and The Lego Movie 2. Earlier this year she appeared as Carla in the film adaptation of In the Heights.
John Leguizamo plays Bruno Madrigal
Who is Bruno? Mirabel’s eccentric uncle, who is something of an outcast in the family – in large part because of his ability to see the future.
Chatting to RadioTimes.com about the role, Leguizamo explained: “It was a blast to play this offbeat weirdo, odd man out, the hidden relative. I mean, there’s always one in a family where they don’t talk about this relative, and think ‘oh, this relative needs to be shut up before the holidays’.”
He added: “Usually when I do animation, I do like crazy voices. This is the first time I kind of used my own voice, which was scary in its own way.”
What else has John Leguizamo been in? After shooting to fame for playing Luigi in the 1993 Mario Bros. movie, Leguizamo has picked up a wealth of big-screen credits, with highlights including roles in Carlito’s Way, Moulin Rouge! and John Wick. He’s no stranger to voice acting, having played Sid the Sloth in the Ice Age films since 2002, while TV roles have included ER and The Kill Point.
Diane Guerrero plays Isabela Madrigal
Who is Isabel? Mirabel’s oldest sister, who is considered perfect and is the pride of the family. She has the power to make flowers bloom everywhere.
Speaking about the character with RadioTimes.com, Guerrero said: “She’s an interesting character. I’ve been, like, trying to love her, you know, and accept her for who she is. And she’s a lot like me in a lot of ways because seemingly she’s sort of like the quintessential Disney princess… kind of like the perfect princess – they treat her that way anyway.
“But you see throughout the film that she’s not that at all, and there’s so much bubbling underneath there. And she’s not perfect, because that doesn’t really exist. But I feel like you see a lot of anger underneath all of that, she’s always rolling her eyes and that’s also a sign for someone who is unhappy even though they seem perfect.
“And so I like that you get to see her sort of break away from that and sing this incredible song with Mirabel and get to actually hug it out and really feel for her sister. And that’s the power of honesty, you know?”
What else has Diane Guerrero been in? Guerrero achieved fame with her recurring roles as Maritza Ramos on Orange Is the New Black and Lina Santillan on Jane the Virgin, while she’s also had main roles on Superior Donuts and most notably Doom Patrol – in which she leads the cast as Jane.
María Cecilia Botero plays Abuela Alma Madrigal
Who is Alma? Mirabel’s grandmother, and the de facto leader of the family, who is much admired by all the Madrigals.
What else has María Cecilia Botero been in? Colombian star Botero has appeared in a number of TV series in her homeland, including Nurses, Her Mother’s Killer and Undercover Law.
In the Heights star Olga Merediz provides Alma’s singing voice in the film.
Jessica Darrow plays Luisa Madrigal
Who is Luisa? Mirabel’s second oldest sister who has superhuman strength – and the biggest biceps in Disney history.
What else has Jessica Darrow been in? Darrow has relatively few screen credits to her name but has appeared in festive comedy film Feast of the Seven Fishes and TV miniseries Following Hannah Stone.
Angie Cepeda plays Julieta Madrigal
Who is Julieta? Mirabel’s mother and Agustín’s wife, who can heal others with her cooking.
What else has Angie Cepeda been in? Colombian star Cepeda is best known in her homeland for her roles in telenovela Pobre Diabla and films Captain Pantoja and the Special Services and Love in the Time of Cholera.
Wilmer Valderrama plays Agustín Madrigal
Who is Agustín? Mirabel’s father and Julieta’s husband.
What else has Wilmer Valderrama been in? Best known for playing Fez in That ’70s Show, Valderrama’s other credits include roles in From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, Grey’s Anatomy, The Ranch and NCIS. He previously voiced the character of Prince Philippe Charming in the 2018 family animation Charming.
Carolina Gaitán plays Pepa Madrigal
Who is Pepa? Mirabel’s aunt and Félix’s wife, who can control the weather.
What else has Carolina Gaitán been in? Another Colombian star, you might recognise Gaitán for her role as Marta Ochoa in the very first two episodes of Narcos, while credits in her homeland include main roles in the telenovelas Celia and Sin senos sí hay paraíso – both of which saw her win a Premios Tu Mundo award.
Mauro Castillo plays Félix Madrigal
Who is Félix? Mirabel’s uncle and Pepa’s husband, who balances her out and is there to have a good time.
What else has Mauro Castillo been in? Best known for his music work, Castillo has relatively few screen credits to his name – but has released several albums.
Adassa plays Dolores Madrigal
Who is Dolores? Pepa and Félix’s oldest daughter, Camilo and Antonio’s sister, and Mirabel’s cousin. She knows everyone’s dirt because of her gift – enhanced hearing.
What else has Adassa been in? Another cast member best known for her music work, Adassa is a singer-songwriter nicknamed the “Reggaetón Princess” and released three albums between 2004 and 2007.
Rhenzy Feliz plays Camilo Madrigal
Who is Camilo? Pepa and Félix’s son, Dolores and Antonio’s brother, and Mirabel’s cousin who has the ability to shape-shift.
What else has Rhenzy Feliz been in? Feliz is best known for his role as Alex Wilder in Marvel’s Runaways, while he’s also had recurring roles on the series Casual and Teen Wolf and has a small part in George Clooney’s upcoming film The Tender Bar.
Ravi-Cabot Conyers plays Antonio Madrigal
Who is Antonio? Pepa and Félix’s youngest son, who looks up to his cousin Mirabel and considers her a big sister. His power is the ability to speak to animals.
What else has Ravi-Cabot Conyers been in? Child star Conyers already has several credits to his name, having appeared in The Resident, Tell Me a Story and several episodes of #BlackAF.
Maluma as Mariano Guzman
Who is Mariano? Isabela’s suave and handsome fiancé.
What else has Maluma been in? A hugely popular Colombian singer, Maluma has released a number of singles that have charted in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot Latin Song chart, and has garnered a host of awards and nominations, including a Latin Grammy Award. This is his first film credit – but he will star alongside Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson in upcoming romcom Marry Me.
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Woman passenger from UK tests Covid positive at Hyderabad airport
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The passenger has been admitted to the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS) and samples were collected and sent for genetic sequencing. Officials said she did not have any symptoms and that her health condition was being monitored closely.
According to officials, the woman hails from Rangareddy district and was on a visit to UK from Hyderabad. Though her close relatives tested negative, their health condition is also being monitored.
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Revealed: how Sidney Powell could be disbarred for lying in court for Trump | US elections 2020
Sidney Powell, the former lawyer for Donald Trump who filed lawsuits across America for the former president, hoping to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, has on several occasions represented to federal courts that people were co-counsel or plaintiffs in her cases without seeking their permission to do so, the Guardian has learned.
Some of these individuals say that they only found out that Powell had named them once the cases were already filed.
During this same period of time, Powell also named several other lawyers – with their permission in those instances – as co-counsel in her election-related cases, despite the fact that they played virtually no role whatsoever in bringing or litigating those cases.
Both Powell’s naming of other people as plaintiffs or co-counsel without their consent and representing that other attorneys were central to her cases when, in fact, their roles were nominal or nonexistent, constitute serious potential violations of the American Bar Association model rules for professional conduct, top legal ethicists told the Guardian.
Powell’s misrepresentations to the courts in those particular instances often aided fundraising for her nonprofit, Defending the Republic. Powell had told prospective donors that the attorneys were integral members of an “elite strike force” who had played outsized roles in her cases – when in fact they were barely involved if at all.
Powell did not respond to multiple requests for comment via phone, email, and over social media.
The State Bar of Texas is already investigating Powell for making other allegedly false and misleading statements to federal courts by propagating increasingly implausible conspiracy theories to federal courts that Joe Biden’s election as president of the United States was illegitimate.
The Texas bar held its first closed-door hearing regarding the allegations about Powell on 4 November. Investigations by state bar associations are ordinarily conducted behind closed doors and thus largely opaque to the public.
A federal grand jury has also been separately investigating Powell, Defending the Republic, as well as a political action committee that goes by the same name, for fundraising fraud, according to records reviewed by the Guardian.
Among those who have alleged that Powell falsely named them as co-counsel is attorney Linn Wood, who brought and litigated with Powell many of her lawsuits attempting to overturn the results of the election with her, including in the hotly contested state of Michigan.
The Michigan case was a futile attempt by Powell to erase Joe Biden’s victory in that state and name Trump as the winner. On 25 August, federal district court Judge Linda Parker, of Michigan, sanctioned Powell and nine other attorneys who worked with her for having engaged in “a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process” in bringing the case in the first place. Powell’s claims of election fraud, Parker asserted, had no basis in law and were solely based on “speculation, conjecture, and unwarranted suspicion”.
Parker further concluded that the conduct of Powell, Wood, and the eight other attorneys who they worked with, warranted a “referral for investigation and possible suspension or disbarment to the appropriate disciplinary authority for each state … in which each attorney is admitted”.
Wood told the court in the Michigan case that Powell had wrongly named him as one of her co-counsel in the Michigan case. During a hearing in the case to determine whether to sanction Wood, his defense largely rested on his claim that he had not been involved in the case at all. Powell, Wood told the court, had put his name on the lawsuit without her even telling him.
Wood said: “I do not specifically recall being asked about the Michigan complaint … In this case obviously my name was included. My experience or my skills apparently were never needed, so I didn’t have any involvement with it.”
Wood’s attorney, Paul Stablein, was also categorical in asserting that his client had nothing to do with the case, telling the Guardian in an interview: “He didn’t draft the complaint. He didn’t sign it. He did not authorize anyone to put his name on it.”
Powell has denied she would have ever named Wood as a co-counsel without Wood’s permission.
But other people have since come forward to say that Powell has said that they were named as plaintiffs or lawyers in her election-related cases without their permission.
In a Wisconsin voting case, a former Republican candidate for Congress, Derrick Van Orden, said he only learned after the fact that he had been named as a plaintiff in one of Powell’s cases.
“I learned through social media today that my name was included in a lawsuit without my permission,” Van Orden said in a statement he posted on Twitter, “To be clear, I am not involved in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the election in Wisconsin.”
Jason Shepherd, the Republican chairman of Georgia’s Cobb county, was similarly listed as a plaintiff in a Georgia election case without his approval.
In a 26 November 2020 statement, Shepherd said he had been talking to an associate of Powell’s prior to the case’s filing about the “Cobb GOP being a plaintiff” but said he first “needed more information to at least make sure the executive officers were in agreeing to us being a party in the suit”. The Cobb County Republican party later agreed to remain plaintiffs in the case instead of withdrawing.
Leslie Levin, a professor at the University of Connecticut Law School, said in an interview: “Misrepresentations to the court are very serious because lawyers are officers of the court. Bringing a lawsuit in someone’s name when they haven’t consented to being a party is a very serious misrepresentation and one for which a lawyer should expect to face serious discipline.”
Nora Freeman Engstrom, a law professor at Stanford University, says that Powell’s actions appear to violate Rule 3.3 of the ABA’s model rules of professional misconduct which hold that “a lawyer shall not knowingly … make a false statement of fact of law to a tribunal”.
Since election day last year, federal and state courts have dismissed more than 60 lawsuits alleging electoral fraud and irregularities by Powell, and other Trump allies.
Shortly after the election, Trump named Powell as a senior member of an “elite strike force” who would prove that Joe Biden only won the 2020 presidential race because the election was stolen from him. But Trump refused to pay her for her services. To remedy this, Powell set up a new nonprofit called Defending the Republic; its stated purpose is to “protect the integrity of elections in the United States”.
As a nonprofit, the group is allowed to raise unlimited amounts of “dark money” and donors are legally protected from the ordinary requirements to disclose their identities to the public. Powell warned supporters that for her to succeed, “millions of dollars must be raised”.
Echoing Trump’s rhetoric, Powell told prospective donors that Defending the Republic had a vast team of experienced litigators.
Among the attorneys who Powell said made up this “taskforce” were Emily Newman, who had served Trump as the White House liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services and as a senior official with the Department of Homeland Security. Newman had been a founding board member of Defending the Republic.
But facing sanctions in the Michigan case, some of the attorneys attempted to distance themselves from having played much of a meaningful role in her litigation.
Newman’s attorney told Parker, the judge, that Newman had “not played a role in the drafting of the complaint … My client was a contract lawyer working from home who spent maybe five hours on this matter. She really wasn’t involved … Her role was de minimis.”
To have standing to file her Michigan case, Powell was initially unable to find a local attorney to be co-counsel on her case but eventually attorney Gregory Rohl agreed to help out.
But when Rohl was sanctioned by Parker and referred to the Michigan attorney disciplinary board for further investigation, his defense was that he, too, was barely involved in the case. He claimed that he only received a copy of “the already prepared” 830-page initial complaint at the last minute, reviewed it for “well over an hour”, while then “making no additions, decisions or corrections” to the original.
As with Newman, Parker, found that Rohl violated ethics rules by making little, if any, effort to verify the facts of the claims in Powell’s filings.
In sanctioning Rohl, the judge wrote that “the court finds it exceedingly difficult to believe that Rohl read an 830-page complaint in just ‘well over an hour’ on the day he filed it. So, Rohl’s argument in and of itself reveals sanctionable conduct.”
Govt to introduce important Bill, Covid situation likely to be discussed
The government on Thursday will table ‘The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill 2021’ in the Lok Sabha. A discussion on Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and its various related aspects is also likely to take place in the lower House.
Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will move the ‘The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill’ in the Lok Sabha to amend the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act, 1998.
Under rule 193, a discussion on Covid-19 pandemic and various aspects related to it will likely take place. According to sources, the members may also raise their concern and ask for the government’s preparedness for the new Omicron variant. Under Rule 193, members can seek details about the new Covid variant. “Short duration discussion is likely to be held in the Lok Sabha on the Covid and its various aspects, including new Omicron variant,” sources said.
Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Prahlad Singh Patel, General V.K. Singh, Krishan Pal, Bhanu Pratap Verma, Rameshwar Teli and Kaushal Kishore will lay papers on the table. Reports and action reports of different standing committees will also be laid in the day.
The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Amendment) Bill 2021 (ART) by voice vote as the amendments moved by the DMK MP N.K. Prem Chandran, Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy and Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut were negated. The ART Bill seeks to regulate fertility clinics. All such clinics will have to be registered under the National Registry of Banks and Clinics of India.
The opposition is likely to continue to raise its voices on price rise, unemployment and extended jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) in some states. The opposition parties are also demanding a law guaranteeing the minimum support price (MSP).
(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
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