Actress Genesis Rodriguez (Casa de Mi Padre) has joined the cast of Hours for writer-director Eric Heisserer.

The story centers on Paul Walker's character, who races against the clock to try and keep his newborn daughter alive in a New Orleans hospital, just after Hurricane Katrina hits the city. It isn't known what character Genesis Rodriguez will play in the thriller. The actress recently appeared in Man on a Ledge, and also stars in What to Expect When You're Expecting.

Eric Heisserer is directing Hours from his own original screenplay, with Peter Safran producing. This project marks Eric Heisserer's directorial debut, although he previously wrote the screenplays for The Thing, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Final Destination 5. Production is scheduled to begin later this spring in New Orleans.