MIAMI –AUGUST 22, 2023– ViX, the world’s leading Spanish-language streaming service, announced today the start of production of EL EXTRAÑO RETORNO DE DIANA SALAZAR (The Strange Return of Diana Salazar), its new original series starring Angelique Boyer (“El amor invencible” [Invincible love], “Amar a muerte” [Love to Death], “Tres veces Ana” [The Three Sides of Ana], “Teresa”), Sebastián Rulli (“Más allá de ti” [Beyond you], “El dragón”], “Los ricos también lloran” [The Rich Also Cry], “Lo que la vida me robo” [What Life Took From Me]) and Arap Bethke, (“La Piloto” [The Pilot], “La rebelión” [The rebellion], “Amores permitidos” [Allowed loves], “La usurpadora” [The Usurper]). This iconic story explores the fascinating world of soul mates, those loves and connections so strong that are said to be able to defy the limits of time and survive beyond life and death.
The W Studios series is executive produced by Patricio Wills and Carlos Bardasano, and is developed and written by Esther Feldman (“Isla brava,” “El dragón,” “Los ricos también lloran,” “Los exitosos Pells” [The successful Pells]) and Carlos Algara (“Isla brava,” “El dragón”).
“We are facing an event that happens every 400 years; the last time it happened in Zacatecas was in 1640. Now returns in 2023, bringing together the best Spanish-speaking cast and a great production on today’s best platform. Four centuries later, we are facing ‘The Strange Return of Diana Salazar,’” said Patricio Wills, President of W Studios at TelevisaUnivision.
The original production features Cassandra Sánchez-Navarro (“Cindy la regia” [Cindy of Monterrey], “Malcriados” [Spoiled], “El dragón”), Lorena Graniewicz (“Los ricos también lloran,” “Si nos dejan” [If They Let Us]), Sergio Mur (“Papá a toda madre” [Awesome Dad], “Las chicas del cable” [Cable Girls]) and Erick Chapa (“Preso No. 1” [Prisoner No. 1], “Paquita la del barrio” [Well-Sung Truths, Paquita]).
“We are thrilled to bring a new version of an iconic novela, more than thirty years later, in a modern format, with high production values and talented stars of the caliber of Angelique Boyer and Sebastián Rulli. Developed by a team that has created great successes, this adaptation is full of romance, drama and supernatural elements that our audience will love,” said Vincenzo Gratteri, ViX’s senior vice president of Development.
EL EXTRAÑO RETORNO DE DIANA SALAZAR, the adaptation of the 1988 hit novel starring Lucía Mendez, tells the story of the forbidden love of Leonor (Angelique) and Eduardo (Sebastián Rulli) in the 17th century, closely tied to time and taking a tragic turn with the arrival of Count Lucas de Treviño.
It is a journey to an unknown and supernatural universe where love will be the axis and its power will be put to the test again and again. A story where skepticism and the most romantic and dream love will face each other centuries later when in the present Diana (Angelique) and Mario (Sebastián Rulli) unexpectedly meet again.
Paola Toyos, Ruben Sanz, Eduardo Victoria, Ivan Tamayo, Axel Alcántara and first actors Mónica Dionne and Sergio Reynoso are also part of the cast. The series is directed by Luis Manzo and Pável Vázquez.
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