That was fast, following George Lopez’s exit on Disney+’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day actor Cheech Marin has signed on as his replacement on the reimagining, Deadline has learned.
Marin will play Alexander’s father and household patriarch Henry.
The film is set to star Eva Longoria, Thom Nemer, Jesse Garcia, Paulina Chávez, and Rose Portillo.
The Disney+ original follows Alexander Garcia, who thinks he has the worst luck in the world, and when his family–dad Henry, mom Val, grandma Lidia and siblings Mia and David–head out for a road trip to the desert parks of California, he’s pretty sure that, statistically speaking, disaster waits around every corner. His feeling is only exacerbated when he learns to his shock that his great-grandfather, Alejandro Garcia, whom he was named after, was cursed, and burned down the very town of which he was the mayor, But though many of Alexander’s worst fears–and some he couldn’t even have imagined–come true on this trip, the Garcia family also learns valuable lessons about resilience, heritage and the simple joys of nature and family–which makes Alexander understand that maybe he’s not so cursed after all.
The project will be directed by Marvin Lemus, the creator, and showrunner of the Netflix series Genetied. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps production banner will produce alongside The Jim Henson Company. Matt Lopez, who wrote the recent HBO Max Father of the Bride reboot and Disney features Bedtime Stories, Race to Witch Mountain, and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, wrote the script.
Cheech Marin is no stranger to The Walt Disney Company, he voiced Tito the chihuahua in the 1988 Disney animated feature film, Oliver & Company, Chuy Castillos in The Golden Palace, Banzai in the 1994 animated feature film, The Lion King, Ramone in the Disney/Pixar Cars franchise.
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