EXCLUSIVE: It looks like Spy Kids creator Robert Rodriguez has found his new spy family for his beloved family adventure franchise. Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Everly Carganilla and newcomer Connor Esterson are set to star as the franchise’s new family in the upcoming film from Netflix, Skydance and Spyglass.
Rodriguez will write, direct and produce the next film, which will introduce the world to a new family of spies. Racer Max will co-write the pic. The film marks Rodriguez’s second family film with Netflix, following the breakout success of the 2020 family action film We Can Be Heroes.
This latest chapter is set after the children of the world’s greatest secret agents unwittingly help a powerful Game Developer unleash a computer virus that gives him control of all technology, leading them to become spies themselves to save their parents and the world.
David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger will produce for Skydance, which will oversee development and production. Elizabeth Avellan and Racer Max will also produce. Spyglass’ Gary Barber and Peter Oillataguerre will executive produce. Nick Nesbit will be Netflix’s creative lead on the film.
Gina Rodriguez has been on fire as of late not only landing this highly coveted role but also a starring role in the ABC series Not Dead Yet, which just got picked up for series. She also was tapped to lead the Amazon series Last Known Position. All three of these projects should keep her busy for some time. She was most recently seen in Amazon’s I Want You Back as well as Awake. She is repped by WME and attorney Karl Austen and Peter Sample.
Netflix’s expanding slate of all-audience movies includes Shawn Levy’s time travel spectacle film The Adam Project, Robert Rodriguez’s action-packed family film We Can Be Heroes, family comedy Yes Day, starring Jennifer Garner, Edgar Ramírez and Jenna Ortega; as well as the upcoming fantasy adventure Slumberland, directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Jason Momoa, Enola Holmes 2, starring Millie Bobby Brown back as the clever and fearless detective, and the enchanting fantasy The School for Good Evil, starring Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington.
Levi is set to reprise his role as the titular character in New Line’s Shazam!: Fury of The Gods which bows this December. On top of that he was most recently seen as Kurt Warner in the biopic American Underdog. He is repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.
Carganilla was most recently seen in The Afterparty, The Haunted Man and The Chair. She is repped by coast to coast talent agency and her manager is Robin Loehr with DR Entertainment.
In addition to Spy Kids, Skydance’s slate with Netflix includes the upcoming Heart of Stone starring Gal Gadot, The Adam Project starring Ryan Reynolds, which premiered on March 11 and became one of Netflix’s most popular films, as well as the mega-hits The Old Guard and 6 Underground.
Spyglass successfully relaunched the horror franchise Scream last year and is in production on its next installment. Later this year, Spyglass’ revival of Hellraiser will debut on Hulu.