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‘Revenge’ actor Gabriel Mann joins ‘Chavez’

Diego Luna directing indie about farm labor hero

Fresh off the success of ABC’s hit frosh series “Revenge,” star Gabriel Mann has agreed to spend his summer hiatus filming Diego Luna’s indie drama “Chavez,” which stars Michael Pena as famed labor organizer Cesar E. Chavez.

Keir Pearson’s script depicts Chavez organizing the largest nonviolent protest in U.S. history to accomplish his ultimate goal of obtaining basic human rights for more than 50,000 farm workers in California.

Mann will play John Giumarra Jr., who, along with his farm-owning father, opposed Chavez’s United Farm Workers Organizing Committee.

“Chavez” co-stars America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, Wes Bentley, Michael Cudlitz, Jacob Vargas, Yancey Arias and Mark Moses.

Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Cruz will produce through Canana Films along with John Malkovich, Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith of Mr. Mudd. Pearson and Larry Meli will also serve as producers. Pic is currently lensing in Sonora, Mexico.

Mann starred in Lisa Cholodenko’s directorial debut, “High Art,” and went on to appear in “The Bourne Identity” and its 2004 sequel “The Bourne Supremacy.” Thesp, who also starred in Paul Schrader’s “Exorcist” prequel “Dominion,” is repped by APA and the Van Johnson Co.

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