La Veneno (Cristina Ortiz) was one of the most beloved transgender icons of the 90s. Now, HBO Max will be partnering with directors Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrosi to bring her story to the small screen. The series will be based on Valeria Vegas' memoir of the Ortiz, “Not A Whore, Not A Saint: The Memories of La Veneno."
The series will star Isabel Torres, Daniela Santiago, Lola Rodriguez, Paca la Piraña, Goya Toledo, Ester Exposito, Jedet Sánchez and Lola Dueñas, and will hit the streaming service November 19th ahead of the Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20th). The story will follow a young journalism student named Valeria as she begins to discover she has more in common with the trans icon than she could have imagined.
Check out the trailer and the full press release below.
LOS ANGELES, CA – November 2, 2020 – Max Original “Veneno” will launch on HBO Max on Thursday, Nov. 19, to commemorate Transgender Awareness Week (Nov. 13-Nov 19) as well as Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov. 20).
Based on the memoir by Valeria Vegas “Not A Whore, Not A Saint: The Memories of La Veneno,” Spanish creators and directors Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrosi aka “Los Javis” bring the most beloved transgender icon of the 90s, Cristina Ortiz (La Veneno) to 2020.
The series follows Valeria, a young journalism student who discovers she has more in common with La Veneno than she thought. The two women were born in very different times, but their stories become intertwined when Valeria writes a book about La Veneno. Through learning more about her, Valeria discovers her chosen family, how to love herself, and the impact of mass media in the life of an enigmatic entertainer.
“Veneno” is a co-production between Atresmedia Studios, Suma Latina and HBO Max. The show stars Isabel Torres, Daniela Santiago, Lola Rodriguez, Paca la Piraña, Goya Toledo, Ester Exposito, Jedet Sánchez and Lola Dueñas.
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