Luis Guzman Getting Ready for Mexican Wrestling as 'Aztec Warrior'
If you watch NBC's "Community," you may recognize one of the fictional Greendale Community College's most famous graduates in actor Luis Guzman. Popping up in everything from Carlito's Way to Boogie Nights, and my personal favorite performance of his in The Count of Monte Cristo, Guzman has been in the biz since the mid 80s and now he's finally graduated from supporting player to leading man. Deadline reports that Guzman will suit up for a lucha libre-inspired film called Aztec Warrior, in which he'll play a professional wrestler of that name. Plus, the guy who directed Black Dynamite is directing. More below!
Yes, yes, comparisons to Nacho Libre will surely abound, but with the involvement of Black Dynamite helmer Scott Sanders, who co-wrote the script, I'm holding out hope that Aztec Warrior will have a lot more spark to it than the failed Jack Black vehicle. The supporting cast here includes Expendables star Terry Crews, Nadine Velazquez, and Lupe Ontiveros, while comedian Eugenio Derbez will don the mask of El Diablo, Aztec Warrior's fierce nemesis. Shooting starts this July in New Orleans, and I'm really banking on there being some high-flying action in this movie that will do the Mexican wrestling style proud. As a longtime fan of Guzman's, I'm happy to see him make the leap to center stage here, and I suspect everyone's favorite Puerto Rican character actor teaming up with the director of Black Dynamite will result in something extremely entertaining. Thoughts?