Meet the new voice of Carmen Sandiego.
The Golden Globe-winning actress Gina Rodriguez will be the new voice of Carmen Sandiego in an animated series that is currently in the works at Netflix, according to The Tracking Board. The series will be based on the 80s educational video game that inspired PBS’ early-to-mid 90s children’s game show, both called Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Netflix still has yet to confirm the series, but The Tracking Board has said the streaming service “has ordered 20 episodes of the series, which aims to be as educational as it is entertaining, given the title character’s globetrotting adventures.”
So far what has been said about the adaptation seems to follow in the “educational” footsteps of its 90s predecessor, so we can expect to see a modernised version of the three gumshoes tracking Carmen Sandiego’s whereabouts. However, while the location of Sandiego’s whereabouts remains unknown, one question viewers won’t need to ask is where Rodriguez will be.
Aside from portraying the realistically flawed and multitasking mother in her breakout role on Jane the Virgin, Rodriguez has also recently starred in the Peter Berg-directed Deepwater Horizon, will appear in Alex Garland’s (Ex Machina) much-anticipated Annihilation, and is currently up for two roles with two major studios: Miss Bala and Fire Me.
Sony’s Miss Bala, could see Rodriguez as a beauty pageant contestant who witnesses a crime, resulting in the character being forced to work in the drug trade. The film will be a Sony remake of the 2011 Gerardo Naranjo film of the same name, which was nominated for the Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes. Rodriguez is also up for a role in 20th Century Fox’s Fire Me, which, according to The Tracking Board, is a comedy based off of a novel from Libby Malin. The film would see the feature directorial debut of the Emmy-winning editor and director Ryan Case (Modern Family, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), while Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films is attached to produce. Where the former presents an interesting character role for Rodriguez, the latter could also see the actress’ career become even bigger with the caliber of talent attached to it. It’s likely Rodriguez will have to choose between the roles, too, since they are set to be filmed at the same time. Either way, it’s her choice, and her decisions so far have showcased Rodriguez’s acting ability.
Rodriguez proven she can work in both the climate of commercialized films as well as more cinematic events. As seen with her titular character Jane on Jane the Virgin, Rodriguez’s acting ability is able to evolve at the same pace as the evolution of her characters. At the same time, the actress’ roles in films such as Deepwater Horizon showcase her ability to portray a character convincingly in a short space of time. Rodriguez’s voice work in the Carmen Sandiego series is sure to only further showcase her acting abilities. Meanwhile, with Ex Machina Garland brought unique and unexpected performances out of Alicia Vikander, Domnhall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac, and Annihilation suggests the same will be done for Rodriguez too.
So, where in the world is Gina Rodriguez? Well, she’s everywhere.