Jesse Garcia (Flamin’ Hot) is set to star in a new “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” film for Disney+. The feature will be a Latino-centric adaptation of the best-selling children’s book by Judith Viorst. Previously announced cast includes Eva Longoria and George Lopez.
Garcia previously portrayed the character of Dwayne in the Miguel Arteta film of the same name released in 2014.
According to THR, this new version follows a Mexican American family who have recently lost their connection to each other and their roots, as they embark on an epic road trip that immediately goes hilariously wrong.
Longoria will play reportedly Alexander’s mother, a travel writer who has lost her passion for work, while Lopez has been cast as the family’s grandfather, a tough biker.
According to Deadline, Garcia will portray Frank Garcia, a happily married vegan chef, and father of Mia, David, and the titular Alexander. Frank clashes with his family when he refuses to modify his recipes to more traditional Mexican food even if it means missing out on opportunities.
Marvin Lemus, the co-creator and showrunner of Gentefied, will direct the movie. Matt Lopez (Father of the Bride, Clifford the Big Red Dog) will provide the script. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and The Jim Henson Company are producing the film.
Filming is slated to begin this spring in New Mexico.
A release date for Disney+ has not been announced yet.
Garcia can be seen next in Flamin’ Hot. Other credits include The Avengers, Tell It Like a Woman, Ambulance, The Shield, Snowfall, Narcos: Mexico, and From Dusk Till Dawn.