Talento de barrio premieres on July 23 at the HBO Latin Film Festival in New York

By People Staff
June 26, 2008 10:00 AM

Raggaeton singer Daddy Yankee seems overjoyed these days, not only because his song “Pose” has reached No. 1 on the charts, but also because he’ll be making his film acting debut in HBO Latin Film Festival’s Talento de barrio.

“We’re working really hard on the film. It was two years of a lot of work, and I truly didn’t realize the kinds of sacrifices people have to make in the film industry. The theme is ‘we’re from the streets’ and we’ve gotten a lot of support,” said the 31-year-old Puerto Rican singer.

The film–Daddy Yankee’s first–will appear on the big screen July 23 in New York, about two weeks after the release of his new album, which is slated for July 15.

“This new album goes hand in hand with the film. The concept is urban street music, but we took the flavor of the neighborhood and evolved it, we came up with new ideas and themes,” said the singer of “Rompe,” adding that the film tells the story of a group of young people who struggle to cope in the midst of adverse situations while living on the streets.