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Thesp spices up ‘Hot Pepper’ Lupe Velez biopic

Ana de la Reguera to play Mexican starlet from '40s, produce

“Cowboys & Aliens” thesp Ana de la Reguera is set to produce and star in a biopic of Lupe Velez, one of the first Mexican actresses to succeed in Hollywood.

Tentatively titled “Lupe,” pic will be a co-production between the U.S. and Mexico, and filmed mostly in English.

Carlos Carrera (“The Crime of Father Amaro”) is writing a treatment and will direct, while Monica Lozano will produce “Lupe,” which is skedded to start production early next year.

Film will chronicle the tumultuous yet incredible life and career of Velez, who made headlines thanks to her on-and-off relationships with Gary Cooper and “Tarzan” star Johnny Weissmuller. Thesp was dubbed “The Mexican Spitfire” and “The Hot Pepper” because of her aggressive personality. In 1944, Velez took her own life at the age of 36. Her life was dramatized by Edie Sedgwick in Andy Warhol’s 1966 art film “Lupe.”

In addition to Jon Favreau’s “Cowboys & Aliens,” De La Reguera has appeared in the comedies “Nacho Libre” and “Cop Out.” Thesp had a recurring role on HBO’s “Eastbound and Down” and is currently filming Lionsgate’s supernatural horror pic “Jessabelle.”

De la Reguera is repped by ICM, ROAR and Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.

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