The idea of casting Will Ferrell as the star of a Spanish-language comedy may sound slightly loco in the cabeza at first glance, but the film, titled Casa De Mi Padre, is very real — and now it has landed a distributor. Pantelion Films has acquired the rights to director Matt Piedmont’s comedy and plans to release it in the U.S. on March 16, 2012.
An homage to telenovelas and old Westerns, Casa stars Ferrell as a Mexican rancher named Armando Alvarez who is dragged into the shady business dealings of his brother Raul (Diego Luna), landing them in war with a fearsome drug lord named Onza (Gael García Bernal). Further complicating matters, Armando also falls in love with his brother’s fiancee, Sonia (Génesis Rodríguez), along the way.
Despite the international star power involved, it had taken a little time to find a distributor willing to take a chance on such an unusual project. “It’s a different kind of animal that I think people get afraid of,” Ferrell said in an interview earlier this year. “But they really shouldn’t because it’s pretty unique and hilarious and just a surprising movie — especially to see me in it.”