Telemundo Novela 'La Doña' Kicks Off Production

Aracely Arámbula
Telemundo's latest producer, La Doña, has kicked off production. The show stars Aracely Arámbula, David Chocarro, Danna Paola and Rebecca Jones. La Doña is inspired by the classic novel “Doña Bárbara,” by Rómulo Gallegos, and was written and adapted by José Vicente Spataro, directed by Carlos Villegas, and produced by Mariana Iskandarani and Gabriela Valentan.

La Doña is a tale of revenge, ambition and seduction revolving around “Altagracia” (Arámbula), an elegant, beautiful and successful woman who runs a construction empire and enjoys widespread respect in society. A series of major traumas early in life left their mark on Altagracia and made her the implacable “Doña” she is today.

“Gallegos’ novel has been adapted successfully for film and television before, but what makes this new TELEMUNDO version different is the story, set in modern times” commented Luis Silberwasser, President of Telemundo Network. “Audiences are increasingly demanding more realism in our telenovelas, and ‘La Doña’ addresses contemporary issues through believable characters with whom viewers can identify with. Violence against women, corruption in politics and business, and the economic crisis many countries in the region are experiencing are just some of the topics that anchor this story in current times.”

Despite her considerable success, Altagracia is missing something in her life: true love, which she discovers for the first time when she meets Saúl (Chocarro), an attorney who defends the victims of gender violence and all young women fighting for a way out of unemployment, poverty and overpopulation.

Danna Paola plays “Mónica,” a lovely young woman from a humble background with a compassionate and optimistic attitude toward life. Mónica is Altagracia’s daughter but was raised by her father, who kept the two of them constantly on the move to stay away from her mother. Despite the responsibility of caring for her invalid father, Mónica has grown into a resourceful and hardworking woman. She makes her living as a street vendor, facing and reflecting the realities of this difficult job, so widespread in Latin America.

Rebecca Jones is “Yesenia,” Altagracia’s aunt, an ambitious woman who reads Tarot cards and dabbles in spells and fortunetelling. Her character symbolizes all of those who believe in the power of magic and look for shortcuts to rewrite their destiny.

In addition to the lead actors mentioned above, the supporting cast includes Diego Soldano, Rafael Sánchez Navarro, Gabriela Roél, Odiseo Bichir, Fátima Molia, Andrea Martí, Carlos Torres, José María Galeano, Daniela Bascopé, Mauricio Isaac, Rodrigo Murray, María del Carmen Félix, Michelle Olvera, Leo D’luglio and Mario Moran.

La Doña is a TELEMUNDO original production made by Argos Television.

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