Gina Rodriguez To Make Directorial Feature Debut With Boxing Drama Inspired By Ryan Garcia, Who Will Also Star

Deadline is reporting that Gina Rodriguez looks set to make her directorial feature debut as she has signed up to direct a boxing drama inspired by the experiences of Mexican-American boxer Ryan Garcia, who will also star as the lead character.

Deadline is reporting that Gina Rodriguez looks set to make her directorial feature debut as she has signed up to direct a boxing drama inspired by the experiences of Mexican-American boxer Ryan Garcia, who will also star as the lead character alongside Rodriguez.

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The film will focus on Mexican-American boxer, Alex Guerrero, whose struggles with mental health rival his toughest bouts in the ring. After a chance encounter with a World Champion propels him into the spotlight, he must prove himself and the world that he has what it takes to come out on top.

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Gina Rodriguez released a statement saying:

I grew up in a boxing family and loved watching sports dramas with my dad. The philosophies of fighting – working hard, staying focused, being honest, fighting fair but to win – has stayed with me. On behalf of myself and my production company I Can and I Will, I couldn’t be more excited to partner with Ryan Garcia on this film. He is not only an outstanding athlete and champion, but a true advocate of normalising and furthering conversations on mental health. His bravery has inspired me, and I am honoured to have his trust to direct this film and guide his first foray into the arts. In One Community, Endeavor Content and WME, I have found empowering partners who are driven to tell stories that bring love, tolerance and healing to the world. I am humbled by their support, in addition to that of my incredibly talented friend and fellow artist Bernardo Cubria who will be leading us in creating a script that celebrates both the sport and our community. We cannot wait to share this story with audiences worldwide.

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Ryan Garcia also released a statement saying:

I am very excited about the opportunity to work with Gina, Bernardo, One Community, and Endeavor Content on this project. My goals have always been to prove myself in the ring and to also continue to share my story in hopes that it will inspire others. Boxing will always be at the forefront of my career and I cannot wait to return to the ring very soon as a stronger and healthier KingRy.

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CEO of One Community, Scott Budnick, released a statement adding:

Ryan is an incredible fighter and remarkable human whose relentless focus and dedication has made him a superstar in the ring, but even more impressive is his desire to use his platform to help others by sharing his own struggles with anxiety and depression. Gina and Bernardo’s vision for this story spoke to us immediately and we are so excited to work with this incredibly inspiring team.

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Cristina Garza, SVP of Development and Production, and Negeen Yazdi, SVP of Developmnt and Production, at Endeavor Content, released a joint statement saying:

We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Scott Budnick’s One Community and are galvanised to amplify Latinx stories and emerging Latina filmmakers with Gina Rodriguez’s vision and leadership behind the camera. Boldly portrayed by Ryan Garcia, who mirrors his own journey to bring fictional boxer Alex Guerrero to life, this empowering story is one rarely covered in films, which makes it all the more impactful.

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Ryan Garcia is twenty-two-years-old and is a fifteen-time national champion, currently holding an undefeated professional record 21-0, 18 by way of knock out, and currently holds the WBC Interim Lightweight title. He began boxing at the age of seven at in 2016 he joined the Golden Boy stable, becoming one of the most exciting up-and-coming boxers, winning bouts against Romero Duno, Francisco Fonseca, Carlos Morales and Jason Velez. Earlier this year, Garcia took on Olympic Gold Medalist, Luke Campbell, and even though he hit the floor for the first time in his professional career, he went up to beat Campbell in the seventh round. Ryan Garcia trains under world renowned trainer Eddie Reynoso and his father Henry Garcia.

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One Community and Endeavor Content are financing the project, with Molly Breeskin overseeing the project for I Can and I Will Productions. Gina Rodriguez will also be producing as well as co-writing the screenplay alongside Bernardo Cubria. Production on the project is being aimed to commence in the middle of next year, so as not to interfere with Garcia’s fight schedule.