Carolina Gaitan had a big year in 2021, starring Pepa in Disney’s hit animated musical Encanto. Now the Encanto star will be dancing out of the recording booth and straight into quicksand for her next project. Reported exclusively by DeadlineGaitán will star in the thriller Quicksands opposite Allan Haco. Andres Beltran is directing the film from a screenplay written by matt pitts.
This English film follows “a married couple on the verge of divorce who find themselves trapped in quicksand while hiking in a Colombian rainforest. It’s a struggle for survival as they battle the elements of the jungle and must work together to escape. The project is currently filming in the Colombian capital of Bogotá and will be in production there for the next four weeks. The film is produced by Las Vegas-based production company Sangre Films. It will is a collaborative effort between Colombian company Elemental Stories and US companies 222 Pictures and Dawn’s Light Movies.
Jason Cherubini by Dawn’s Light Media, Nicholas Reyes elementary stories, and Sean Patrick Burk of 222 Pictures are producing the project. Richard Switzerland, Martin Ramos, John Harrisand Kris Meyer also serve as executive producers.
Speaking of the film, Beltrán said, “When I started reading Matt’s script, I couldn’t stop. It’s such a thrilling and suspenseful story that hooked me right away. Having Carolina and Allan in our lead roles makes this a dream project. Co-founder of Dawn’s Light Movies, Jason Cherubinireiterated that same enthusiastic sentiment, saying:
“We are thrilled to be working with such great and talented people, many of whom have done incredible work in Spanish-speaking productions and now being able to showcase their work to English-speaking audiences. Working with the team in Colombia to bring this project to life has been instructive and exciting, the process is progressing well.
As previously stated, Gaitán is best known for her role in Encantobut his other notable credits include shows like Narcos. The actress will be seen next on the Oscars stage this Sunday as she joins her co-stars in the first live performance of the hit song ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’.
All in all, it feels like an exciting and different genre of thriller than modern American audiences are used to. With a premise as dingy as this, there’s sure to be plenty of satisfying claustrophobic tension. The stress of a broken marriage is strong enough to support its own story. However, when you add literal quicksand as a kind of metaphorical pivot to the ongoing personal conflict, you get the creation of a particularly intriguing thriller. It will also be interesting to see how Gaitán and Hawco face off. Quicksands is currently filming, so we’re sure to hear more news soon. Including when this thriller makes its way to the big screen.
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