While she may be best known for her role in the successful ABC sitcom “Modern Family,” it appears Sofia Vergara’s looking to make her mark on the big screen as well. Yesterday we saw her featured in this character one sheet for Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills” and if you thought that was enough, now she will be joining Jason Statham in “Heat,” a remake of the 1986 Burt Reynolds-lead film.
The remake’s to be directed by Simon West (“Con Air”, “Expendables 2”) who replaced Brian De Palma last fall. This version of the story follows Nick Escalante (played by Statham) whose compulsive gambling has led him to the streets of Vegas. There, he takes odd jobs to help support his addiction. But when a friend of his is brutally beaten, Nick’s left with no choice but to take on the mob.
Vergara is normally known for her comedic chops so it will be interesting to see her stretch herself in a dramatic role here. No word on when “Heat” will start filming, but we’ll most likely find that out soon enough. [Variety]