Ana Villafañe out, Natalie Martinez in for Apple TV+ show 'Bad Monkey'

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What you need to know

  • The upcoming Apple TV+ show Bad Monkey has had a cast change.
  • Natalie Martinez has taken the role previously earmarked for Ana Villafañe.

Apple TV+ has recast a character for its upcoming show Bad Monkey, according to a new report. Ana Villafañe was previously set to play Rosa but that will now be the job of Natalie Martinez.

The switch is a simple matter of age, according to a report by Deadline. The Rosa character was originally written as being older than it's thought Villafañe could play.

Recastings are unfortunate but inevitable part of the business that could occur for various of reasons. In this case, I hear the character had been written older than Villafañe's age, leading to the decision to replace her.

The show is based on Carl Hiaasen's popular 2013 novel of the same name and will star Vince Vaughn as Andrew Yancy, a deceptive who finds himself demoted to be a restaurant inspector in South Florida. Things begin to go awry when a severed arm is found by someone fishing and, apparently, there's a monkey involved somewhere along the line. Martinez will play Rosa, a medical examiner.

Martinez plays Rosa, a Miami medical examiner who is starting to realize she may not be cut out for her job, so is happy to ditch work and help Yancy try to figure out the story of the severed arm he brings into her lab.

We don't yet have a release window for Bad Monkey but it does already sound like another Apple TV+ winner. You'll need an Apple TV+ subscription to watch it, of course, but it's also available as part of the Apple One subscription bundle, too.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.