Published On: Thu, Apr 29th, 2021

Devious Maids star Roselyn Sanchez cast as female lead in reboot of classic series Fantasy Island

Devious Maids star Roselyn Sanchez cast as female lead in Fox TV reboot of classic series Fantasy Island

It’s a classic and much-loved TV series from the late 1970s and early 80s.

And now it seems Fox Television has decided to do a small screen reboot of Fantasy Island, even though a movie version released early last year was a box office bomb. 

Roselyn Sanchez, of TV shows Devious Maids and Grand Hotel, has been cast as the star of the planned reboot, according to The Wrap Wednesday.

New role: Roselyn Sanchez, 48, has been cast as the star of a Fox Television reboot of classic series Fantasy Island, The Wrap reported on Wednesday

The original Fantasy Island which ran from 1977 to 1984 starred Ricardo Montalban as the mysterious Mr. Roarke, who welcomed guests to live out their ‘fantasies’ on his island for a price.

He was ably assisted by sidekick Tattoo, played by Hervé Villechaize.

The Wrap reports that the updated version will have Sanchez, 48, playing Elena Roarke, a descendent of Montalban’s character described as as ‘sophisticated, insightful and always charming’.

The original: Fantasy Island which ran from 1977 to 1984 starred Ricardo Montalban as the mysterious Mr. Roarke, who welcomed guests to live out their 'fantasies' on his island for a price. He was ably assisted by sidekick Tattoo, played by Hervé Villechaize

The original: Fantasy Island which ran from 1977 to 1984 starred Ricardo Montalban as the mysterious Mr. Roarke, who welcomed guests to live out their ‘fantasies’ on his island for a price. He was ably assisted by sidekick Tattoo, played by Hervé Villechaize

Semi-anthology series: Sanchez will play Elena Roarke, a descendent of Montalban's character described as as 'sophisticated, insightful and always charming'

Semi-anthology series: Sanchez will play Elena Roarke, a descendent of Montalban’s character described as as ‘sophisticated, insightful and always charming’

Fox released a synopsis of the reimagined show which read: ‘The reboot is a modern semi-anthology series that delves into the ‘what if’ questions, both big and small, that keep us awake at night. 

‘Each episode will tell emotional, provocative stories about people who walk in with a desire, but end up reborn to themselves through the magical realism of Fantasy Island.’  

In February 2020, a movie version recast the original premise as a horror film with Michael Pena as the mysterious Mr. Roarke.

In the movie, which also starred Lucy Hale, Maggie Q and Charlotte McKinney, guests’ fantasies turned into nightmares leaving them to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives. 

Scarily bad: In February 2020, a movie version recast the original premise as a horror film with Michael Pena as the mysterious Mr. Roarke. But it was a box office bomb

Scarily bad: In February 2020, a movie version recast the original premise as a horror film with Michael Pena as the mysterious Mr. Roarke. But it was a box office bomb 

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