Take a look at Melissa Barrera fighting to stay alive in the first images for Keep Breathing. The original series, releasing on Netflix, follows a private plane crash in the remote Canadian frontier. Lone survivor and New York lawyer, Liv (Melissa Barrera), must battle an unforgiving wilderness and past personal traumas to stay alive. Images from Keep Breathing can be found below, directly from Netflix’s Twitter account:
In the first look, we see Barrera on the Canadian beach with a possibly deceased or wounded passenger, building a makeshift shelter out of logs and branches, looking to the skies for a desperate rescue, and sifting through the crashed plane as water fills through the windows. Joining Barrera in the cast is Austin Stowell as another passenger, Juan Pablo Espinosa as Liv’s Father, and Florence Lozano as Liv’s mom. Jeff Wilbusch, Joselyn Picard, Getenesh Berhe, Michelle Choi-lee, Ranjit Samra, and Alison Wandzura round out the cast. Maggie Kiley will direct the first three episodes, with Rebecca Rodriguez finishing the series. Brendan Gall, Martin Gero, and Iturri Sosa are the writers for Keep Breathing.
The show will run for six episodes, beginning July 28th on Netflix.
Melissa Barrera was relatively unknown before her involvement in the Scream franchise. However, earlier this year, Barrera played Sam Carpenter in the Scream reboot, which included original cast members Neve Cambell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, and Roger Jackson. The film was a success at the box office, raking in $140 million worldwide against a $24 million budget.
Barrera is expected to return in the sequel to Scream (2022), alongside Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, and Jenna Ortega. In addition, Hayden Panettiere will return to the franchise for the first time since 2011’s Scream 4 as Kirby Reed. Aside from the Scream franchise, Barrera is known for her role in the 2021 film In the Heights. In an adaptation of the Broadway musical, Usnavi, a sympathetic New York bodega owner, saves every penny every day as he imagines and sings about a better life. Barrera is Vanessa, a budding fashion designer who dreams of moving to downtown New York to start a career, in addition to being one of Usnavi’s love interests.
Barrera has seen her career soar to new heights in the past two years, and she hopes to continue this hot streak with Keep Breathing.