Maite Perroni was announced today as the protagonist of Univision's new comedic telenovela, "Antes Muerta Que Lichita." The star of "La Gata" and "Triunfo Del Amor" will be joined by Arath De La Torre as her male lead in this new production from the makers of "Que Pobres Tan Ricos" and "Por Ella Soy Eva." Perroni did not plan on returning to telenovelas so soon as she has many other projects she is juggling, like working on her new album and clothing line in the U.S. The actress will begin taping the series in the upcoming days and will undergo a major transformation to take on "Lichita." 

"Antes Muerta Que Lichita" is the story of Alicia ("Lichita") who is very timid and not outspoken at all. This leads to mobbing at work, where her fellow co-workers tease and make fun of her. In order for Lichita to tackle the situation she will transformed herself into another person where everyone will be surprised that they are the same person, but will she take that transformation too far? Will she still be the dear Lichita underneath it all? Other cast mates that were announced this week are Sherlyn, who will play Perroni's lazy sister that is a good for nothing. Chantal Andere, Sylvia Pasquel and many more are part of the ensemble too.

Originally, Zuria Vega and Altair Jarabo were named as front-runners to star as Lichita, but being that they both acquired projects in "Que Te Perdone Dios," this was not possible. Later on names like Aislinn Derbez, Ariadne Diaz and Irán Castillo were considered for the titled role. It was the latter that actually scored the project. Rumor has it that Castillo was just one step from singing on to star in "Antes Muerta Que Lichita," but wanted production to accommodate her in not working weekends or past 8 o'clock at night. Being that she was the lead and going to be in a lot of scenes, the Rosy Ocampo production couldn't guarantee that and they ultimately gave the role to Maite Perroni. "Antes Muerta Que Lichita" will start airing in Mexico in August following the "Amores Con Trampa" finale and should follow suit on Univision in the U.S.