Diego Luna, while not yet a common household name, has definitely made waves in cinema during his career. Acting in Y Tu Mama Tambien, The Terminal, and this previous year’s Elysium, the now 34-year-old filmmaker’s second work as a director Cesar Chavez: An American Hero will be his first to be filmed in English.
With Michael Peña starring as Chavez, the acclaimed actor is expected to deliver one of his best performances as the 1960s Mexican-American activist who fiercely worked to earn farm workers their rights. He lead a boycott enduring for five years in order to earn a bargaining agreement with California grape growers known as the Delano grape strike. A 25-day hunger strike in 1968 not only lead him to gain national attention, but also the support of Robert Kennedy. A civil leader in a time when the equality of citizens was challenged by all those who were getting the short end of the stick, Cesar Chavez managed to help expose the harsh realities that many farmhands were experiencing in a day’s work.
Peña (best known for his incredible performances in Crash and Million Dollar Baby) will be alongside America Ferrera, John Malkovich, and Rosario Dawson.
Cesar Chavez will be in theaters on March 28, 2014.