Salma Hayek Boards La Banda

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Salma Hayek will star in and produce Spanish-language romantic comedy La Banda, reports Variety.

The independently financed project — centered on Grupero music — will start shooting in Mexico this summer with Rick Schwartz (co-producer on The Departed) and Pepe Tamez also producing. Issa Lopez is writing and directing.

La Banda is the first Spanish-language job in Mexico for Hayek since she starred in telenovelas more than a decade ago. A soundtrack album, with Hayek performing, also is planned.

Hayek will portray a wealthy housewife who falls on hard times when her husband leaves. She takes a job as a singer for a wedding band while keeping her involvement secret from her high-society friends and family, but it becomes a tricky balancing act as the band gains in popularity.

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