Jada Pinkett Smith to Star in Colombian Drama

Film is Overbrook's first venture in Latin America

Jada Pinkett Smith will star in and co-produce Colombian pic “La escribana de uraba” (Scribe) through Overbrook Entertainment, the shingle she runs with spouse Will Smith.

Bilingual pic is Overbrook’s first venture into Latin America. Its previous overseas foray was “The Karate Kid” in China.

Pinkett Smith was in Colombia Sunday to Tuesday to meet Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, a film buff, the minister of culture and other film orgs.

Michael and Jeff Zimbalist (“The Two Escobars”) of All Rise Films will co-helm and co-produce the pic from their own script. Set in  Santa Marta, Colombia, Pinkett Smith plays a reporter investigating the events that follow the murder of an employee of a multinational corp.

Jhonny Hendrix’s Antorcha Films of Colombia and L.A.-based Nick Spicer’s XYZ Films, who have been developing the $3.5 million drama based on true events, will co-produce. Miguel Melendez will co-produce for Overbrook Entertainment.

Casting for U.S. and Colombian thesps is under way with principal photography slated for the fall.

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