Macarena Achaga to Star in ViX Plus Adaptation of Mario Vargas Llosa Novel, ‘Bad Girl’ (EXCLUSIVE)

ViX Plus’s upcoming romantic drama series “Travesuras de la Niña Mala”, an adaptation of the 2006 novel by Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa, has found its heroine.

Macarena Achaga, who recently starred in HBO Max’s “Father of the Bride,” will play Arlette, a maverick who urges her lover to break the routine and be more adventurous. Her lives will intersect for forty years in Lima, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, London and other cities.

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“’The ‘Bad Girl’ invites us to challenge our lives on autopilot, transform ourselves and take charge of what we want to be, and seek happiness while feeling immortal because what is life without those moments in which we forget that everything has an end ?” synopsis goes.

“’Antics of the Bad Girl’ demonstrates that my purpose of seeking equity and the projection of our female voices attracts characters willing to do anything, questioning everything at all times,” said Achaga. “This time, I will be a voice that comes from the 60s that I got through the people that I love and respect the most in the industry,” she added. Achaga’s other credits include “The Wrath of God,” “Luis Miguel: The Series,” and “For Better, For Worse.”

ViX Plus will also adapt Mario Vargas Llosa’s comic novel “Pantaleón y las visitadoras” (“Captain Pantoja and the Special Service”), as an exclusive series in Spanish. The novel was adapted into a feature film in 1999, directed by Francisco Lombardi. It became one of the first big local box office hits to come out of Peru and was the country’s official submission to the 72nd Academy Awards.

TelevisaUnivision’s new Spanish premium SVOD service will launch in July. It complements the ad-supported ViX, which launched on March 31.

ViX Plus aims to offer more than 10,000 hours of premium content, including more than 50 ViX Plus original series and movies in its first year.

In the run-up to the launch of Vix Plus, TelevisaUnivision has been busy forging content deals with key partners, including Spain’s The Mediapro Studio; Salma Hayek’s Ventanarosa Productions; 3Pas Studios by Eugenio Derbez and Ben Odell; Propagate’s Ben Silverman; Selena Gomez; and Dynamo from Colombia and Mediacrest from Spain.

In May, TelevisaUnivision agreed to acquire Spanish-language broadcast platform Pantaya to further increase ViX Plus’ programming offering.

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