Univision and Disney-ABC International Television-Latin America have completed casting for the upcoming US Spanish-language version of "Desperate Housewives" (Amas de Casa Desesperadas), calling it a veritable who’s who of Latin novela stars. The series, which is being shot in Argentina specifically for the US Hispanic audience, will make its debut on Univision next season.
There are, of course, some changes. Wisteria Lane has become Calle Manzanares. Mexican actress Lucia Mendez will portray the Mary Alice Young character, named Alicia Arizmendi. Playing Susana Martinez, the Susan Mayer character, is Venezuelan actress Scarlet Ortiz. Mexican motion picture and television star Ana Serradilla will interpret the role of Gabriela Solis. Colombian actress Lorna Paz will star as Leonor Guerrero, the Latin version of the Lynette Scavo character. Regina Sotomayor, the character based on Bree Van de Kamp, will be played by Mexican novela actress Julieta Rosen. Rounding out the "housewives" is Venezuelan model and actress Gabriela Vergara, as the Latin version of the Edie Britt character named Roxana Guzman.
The men of Calle Manzanares will also feature some of Latin TV’s biggest male actors. Peruvian novela star Diego Ramos will interpret the role of the resident plumber Miguel Santini, the Mike Delfino character. Rugged Peruvian leading man Bernie Paz will play Gabriela’s husband Carlos Solis. Peruvian heartthrob Diego Bertie has been tapped to play the Tom Scavo character named Antonio Guerrero. Mexican motion picture and novela star Riccardo Dalmacci will portray Roberto Sotomayor, Rex Van De Kamp’s Latin counterpart. The part of character Paul Young, named Pablo Arizmendi, will be played by Mexican novela veteran Leonardo Daniel. Argentinean actor Ezequiel Stremiz will interpret the role of the gardener Pedro Linares, based on the character of John Rowland in the original US version.