Will Gina Rodriguez Be In The ‘Jane The Virgin’ Spin-Off Series?

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The acclaimed CW dramedy series Jane the Virgin has been airing for four years on the network. Starring Gina Rodriguez in the eponymous role, the show is based on a telenovela and plays on many of the genre’s common tropes. Now, a spin-off has been announced, and fans may be wondering if Rodriguez will star in it. Here’s what we know about this development.

Gina Rodriguez plays Jane on Jane the Virgin

Rodriguez had been acting for years prior to the series, but her big break came when she landed the role of Jane Villanueva on Jane the Virgin. After always planning to wait until marriage to have sex, Jane is artificially inseminated. She chooses to have her son, Mateo, with the support of the two men in her life: Michael, her long-time love interest, and Rafael, Mateo’s father. Jane is a writer, and the show is focused on her family life as well as her budding career.

Jane the Virgin Season 5 will be its last

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In May 2018, the announcement came that Jane the Virgin was renewed for a fifth and final season. This was a pre-planned decision, with creator Jennie Snyder Urman noting that she was given creative control to have the show last as long as she had a story to tell. She wants the final season to leave viewers with “a real sense of closure at the end.”

A spin-off series was announced

In December 2018, it was reported that a Jane the Virgin spinoff was in development. This was officially announced on the 2019 TCA winter press tour, with Rodriguez herself confirming the pilot news on Instagram. The “telenovela-inspired anthology series” will follow different stories written by Jane, so each season will be completely different.

Will Gina Rodriguez be in Jane the Novela?

Given this description, it might be difficult to have Rodriguez portray Jane, unless she is written into her own stories. But they’ve decided to take things a different way: Journalist Alicia Lutes wrote on Twitter that Rodriguez will be narrating Jane the Novela. Rodriguez will also executive produce, alongside Urman.

Rodriguez has a lot on her plate

In addition to her narrating and producing duties on Jane the Novela, Rodriguez has a number of other projects in the works. She voices Carmen Sandiego in the Netflix animated series, of which the first season was released in Feb. 2019. She also has at least two films in post-production, romantic comedy Someone Great and an untitled crime drama from director Miranda July.

How will Jane the Virgin end?

Without revealing anything, the Season 4 finale of Jane the Virgin left audiences shocked and begging for answers. Fortunately, the first moments of the Season 5 premiere will solve at least one mystery. Urman says that “the theme this year is things coming full circle” for the characters, and demonstrating how they’re “grown and changed.” There will also be a romantic ending of sorts, but beyond that, we’ll have to wait and find out who Jane chooses.

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