Michael Peña Channels Cesar Chavez in New Trailer

Michael Peña in "Chavez" (Photo: Pantaleon Films)

As Diego Luna prepares to unveil his English directorial debut in spring 2014, Hispanics continue to prove how influential they are at the box office. With the recent success of films like, “Instructions Not Included” and “Pulling Strings“, Luna’s “Chavez” has the potential to further show the importance of their voice and their stories via the big screen to an international audience.

Based on the true story of famed civil rights leader and labor organizer Cesar Chavez, actor Michael Peña brings to life the titular character who co-founded the United Farm Workers union alongside Dolores Huerta (portrayed by Rosario Dawson) in 1962. Rounding out the star-studded cast are America Ferrera and Jacob Vargas who will take on the roles of Chavez’s wife Dolores and his brother Richard respectively.

Luna, known for his roles in “Casa De Mi Padre” and “Y tu mamá también,” told the Huffington Post he first became interested in the activist’s life after his son was born in the United States.

"I had a Mexican American in the family," Luna told HuffPost Live in August. "The idea behind the film is to talk about a community that now I have a strong connection with."

The first official trailer for “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero,” can be found below.

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