Singer Gloria Estefan has snagged her first dramatic feature film role, joining Meryl Streep in Wes Craven’s “50 Violins” for Miramax Films.
In the pic, which is based on a true story, Streep plays Roberta Tzavaras, a single mother who moves to East Harlem to teach the violin to deprived kids. Despite numerous bureaucratic obstacles, her pupils end up playing concerts in Carnegie Hall.
Estefan will play Streep’s friend and co-worker. Shooting begins Oct. 26 in New York.
“Violins” was written by Pamela Gray, based on the documentary “Small Wonders.” Marianne Maddalena is producing.
Although she has appeared on television, Estefan previously had never landed a major film role. The Latina music star is finishing up a worldwide tour to promote her latest album, “Gloria.”
Another pop star, Madonna, was originally slated to star in “Violins,” but in Streep’s role.
Amy Slotnick, VP of creative affairs, is the Miramax exec overseeing the pic. She and Vicki Cherkas, senior VP of business and legal affairs, negotiated for the studio.
Estefan is repped by CAA.