Eva Mendes has signed onto Ansiedad, the 2009 Nicholl Finalist script by Hiram Martinez now gearing up for a February 28 start in Vancouver.

Patricia Riggen (Under the Same Moon) will direct Mendes as the struggling single mother of a 13 year old who decides to tranform her detested life by embarking on a classic teen rite of passage.

The spec script, which was brought to executive producer Greg Coote by manager Diane McGee, is being produced under the new Pantelion-Lionsgate deal to premiere at TIFF 2011.

Martinez is represented by McGee and Todd Hoffman of ICM.