George Lopez, the iconic Mexican-American comedian, and actor ended 2020 with good news: Amazon had picked up his drama pilot project, “Once Upon a Time in Aztlan,” for development.
As Variety announced, Lopez will star in, and executive produce the hour-long series under his Travieso Productions brand. Javier Rodriguez created the series and will executive produce along with famed photographer and director Estevan Oriol, iconic Los Angeles artist Mister Cartoon and Michael Connolly. They created “Once Upon A Time in Aztlan” under his Mad Hatter Entertainment brand. Ricardo de Montreuil will direct the pilot and executive produce alongside Oriol and longtime Cartoon collaborators Mark Suroff and Marco Valadez. Oriol previously collaborated with Cartoon, Suroff, and Valdez on the documentary “LA Originals,” with Oriol as director and the latter three as executive producers.
The series reaches into the deep suburbs of Los Angeles to characterize a Chicano family coming to terms with the falsehoods of the American dream and their ability to defy expectations.
Now, Arianna Williams and Jimmy Gonzalez have joined the cast that already featured Jesse Garcia and Annie Gonzalez.
As reported by Deadline, Arianna plays the character of Angela, a Generation Z Afro-Latina, who is described as fiercely independent, self-assured, and always adapting. The face of our modern Los Angeles. The Duran family has their hopes pinned on Angela as their luminary, but she is deeply in debt to her nefarious uncle, who has co-signed her loans from USC. Her father, Arturo (Garcia), returns to her life after a long absence, presenting a challenging new vision for her future.
Gonzales plays the morally compromised Hector, whose pursuit of “get rich or die trying” dreams landed his partner Arturo Duran in jail for thirteen years. Since then, he has consolidated his influence over the Durán family: he has a son with Lola (González) and is the de facto father figure to Ángela. Despite his attempts to legitimize himself, he is a lifelong hustler who is attracting the attention of the FBI.
This would be the first dramatic television role of George Lopez’s career. A well-known stand-up comedian, he previously starred in an ABC comedy series under his own name for 120 episodes over six seasons between 2002 and 2007. He has also starred in shows such as “Lopez” and “Saint George,” in addition to hosting his own TBS talk show, “Lopez Tonight.”