Eva Longoria has another new project lined up. She has now added dramedy series “Land of Women” to her slate, and is set to star in the six-episode series, as well as executive produce. According to Deadline, Spanish actress Carmen Maura (“Volver”) will co-star.
Inspired by Sandra Barneda’s best-selling novel “La tierra de las mujeres” (“The Land of Women”), the show “tells the story of Gala (Longoria), a New York empty nester forced to flee her home after her husband implicates the family in financial improprieties,” the source details.
“Joining her on the journey are her aging mother Julia (Maura) and her college-age daughter. The three women escape the criminals her now-vanished husband is indebted to by moving to the same charming wine town in Northern Spain that Gala’s mother fled 50 years ago, vowing never to return. Starting over with new identities proves complicated while living in a small town where secrets tend to unravel quite easily.”
Created by Gema R. Neira and Ramón Campos, who both previously co-created Apple TV+ series “Now and Then” and “Velvet,” the series will be shot in both English and Spanish and made available to watch in each language. Teresa Fernández-Valdés, who worked with Neira and Campos on their previous series, will also exec produce.
While most recently seen on-screen in the likes of “Sylvie’s Love” and “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” multi-hyphenate Longoria has also directed a number of projects in recent years, including the documentary “La Guerra Civil,” which premiered at Sundance this year, and episodes of “Gordita Chronicles” and “Why Women Kill.” She also served as exec producer and producer, respectively, on the former two, and exec produced Anne Sundberg and Ricki Stern’s documentary “Reversing Roe.”
In 1988, Maura won the Best Actress gong at Venice Film Festival for Pedro Almodóvar’s “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” Reuniting with the filmmaker for 2006’s “Volver,” she won a Best Actress award for that at Cannes Film Festival, too — it was shared with the film’s female ensemble cast, including Penélope Cruz. Her most recent credits include Spanish series “Deudas” and feature film “Chasing Wonders.”
“La tierra de las mujeres” is Barneda’s second book. Also a journalist and television presenter, she has published five novels in total.