EXCLUSIVE: Jada Pinkett-Smith will produce and star in Salsa. Her dance partner will be William Levy, whose name makes you think he’s an accountant, but he’s actually the hunk in the Latino soap Triunfo del Amor. Clueless helmer Amy Heckerling is writing and directing. Pinkett-Smith stars as a woman at a turning point in her life who meets a salsa teacher (Levy). Through the dance of salsa she begins to get her life back on track. Pinkett-Smith and Miguel Melendez will produce for Overbrook Entertainment, and production will begin first quarter of 2014. Pinkett-Smith most recently produced The Secret Life Of Bees and Free Angela And All Political Prisoners, and she is exec producer of Queen Latifah’s CBS daytime talk show, which premieres September 16, 2013.
Levy recently wrapped two Lionsgate films: Addicted and Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club. He’s currently shooting the remake of La Tormenta–called La Tempestad–for Univision. He’s managed by Gladys Gonzalez and attorney Howard Fishman. Heckerling and Pinkett-Smith are both repped by Paradigm’s Ken Stovitz.