Michael Peña is heading into orbit.
The actor will play true-life Mexican American astronaut Jose Hernandez in A Million Miles Away, a drama that Alejandra Màrquez Abella is directing for Amazon Studios.
The characteristic challenge relies on the autobiography Reaching for the Stars. Bettina Gilois, the scribe who wrote McFarland, USA and Bessie and who handed away in 2020, wrote the preliminary script that has since been labored on by Hernán Jiménez and Abella.
Mark Ciardi, who produced true-life tales McFarland and American Underdog, and Campbell McInnes are producing by way of Ciardi’s Choose Movies banner.
Hernandez is described as the primary migrant farmworker to journey into area. The person, who didn’t study English till the age of 12, spent his childhood shifting from city to city and dealing fields between Michoacán and Stockton, California along with his household. Not giving up his dream of touring the evening sky in a rocket, he took the science path to area. He co-developed the primary, full-field digital mammography imaging system to detect early breast most cancers and persevered via 11 rejections to develop into a crewmember of House Shuttle mission STS-128.
Rick Telles and Benito Martinez will exec produce. The challenge was beforehand in growth at Netflix.
A late August begin in Mexico Metropolis is being eyed.
Peña is coming off a flip in Netflix’s acclaimed drug cartel drama Narcos: Mexico. He subsequent seems reverse Owen Wilson in Paramount’s superhero comedy Secret Headquarters.
Peña is repped by CAA and Administration 360. Abella is repped by APA and Brillstein Leisure.