Netflix adds Spanish-language soccer comedy to list of original programming

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Netflix is adding a Spanish-language soccer comedy to its growing list of original series, making it clear that the company is eyeing the Hispanic market as it continues to grow.

The streaming site has ordered a 13-episode comedy series with a tongue-in-cheek take on the world of soccer — actually, make that fútbol – from director Gaz Alazraki.

The show, which is set to premiere in 2015, stars Mexican actor Luis Gerardo Méndez in a story of a family that feuds for the control of a popular soccer club after its owner dies. The untitled project reunites Alazraki, 36, and Mendez, whose 2013 film Nosotros Los Nobles was one of the highest grossing films of all time at the Mexican box office.

“We formed a very special team for We Are the Nobles, and we all knew we wanted to keep working together,” Alazraki said in a statement. “When I told the team that Netflix was interested in producing the show, the excitement was contagious since there’s nobody cooler and more innovative in this day and age than Netflix.”

The upcoming series will be filmed entirely in Mexico and in addition to Méndez, will feature “cast from all over Latin America,” said Netflix, which recently announced a price hike to its 48 million subscribers worldwide.

Alazraki — whose past projects include a number of short films and 2009 thriller Daniel and Ana — will direct and produce the film in with producers Leo Zimbron and Mike Lam.

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