Sanchez rushes ABC

Latin actress tabbed for 2002 Alphabet project

Roselyn Sanchez, who is featured in this summer’s action-buddy pic “Rush Hour 2,” has signed a talent deal with ABC.

The Alphabet web will look to develop a vehicle for Sanchez or place her in a project for fall 2002 consideration.

Sanchez plays mysterious operative Isabella Molina opposite Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in the “Rush Hour” sequel. She’s also on tap to star in upcoming film “Boat Trip,” which stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Horatio Sanz.

Ethnic outreach

Facing ongoing criticism about a lack of Latino representation in primetime, the nets finally are making an effort to increase their presence. Besides Sanchez, ABC recently made a 13-episode commitment to a Bruce Helford/Sandra Bullock laffer starring comedian George Lopez. CBS, meanwhile, inked John Leguizamo to develop and star in a new hourlong project.

Sanchez’s credits include the film “Held Up” and a starring role in the mid-’90s syndie series “Fame L.A.” She was featured in Fox’s short-lived cop drama “Ryan Caulfield: Year One” and played Pilar Domingo on the CBS sudser “As the World Turns.”

The actress recently was named “one of the new It girls” by Latina magazine, which featured her on this month’s cover. She also will star in an upcoming Mountain Dew ad campaign.

Sanchez, who’s repped by William Morris and Evolution Entertainment, also has won pageant titles including Miss Puerto Rico Petite and Miss America Petite.

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