Eva Longoria Set to Lead TV Adaptation of “The House of the Spirits”

Eva Longoria.
Eva Longoria. Photo by Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock (9190187hb)

Isabel Allende’s iconic novel The House of the Spirits is getting a new TV adaptation, and it found the perfect person to lead it. Eva Longoria will portray the novel’s heroine Blanca Trueba, one of the passionate and courageous women who manage to keep their family afloat.

In an official statement announcing her casting, the Desperate Housewives star said it’s truly an honor to bring one of Isabel Allende’s iconic works to the screen for audiences worldwide.

“This is a story rich in themes of family, love, and magic. I am excited to show the world the beauty, creativity, and masterclass talent that our community continues to produce,” said Longoria.

Francisca Alegría, who is writing the adaptation alongside Fernanda Urrejola, echoed her statement and said she’s honored to bring “such a fundamental piece of Latin American culture” to the small screen because she believes that the novel and its female protagonists were ahead of their time.

The House of the Spirits is set in a remote South American country and it chronicles the extraordinary lives of three generations of women in the Trueba family. The iconic novel has previously been adapted into a 1993 movie starring Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Winona Ryder, and Antonio Banderas.