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George Lopez Teams up With Amazon for Drama Series ‘Once Upon a Time in Aztlan’

Lead Photo: Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
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Actor and comedian George Lopez (TV’s Saint George) has been flexing his drama muscles more and more in recent years when choosing movie roles. He starred as a father seeking revenge for his son’s murder in 2018’s action-drama River Runs Red. Next year, he can be seen in the thriller No Man’s Land where he’ll play a Texas Ranger seeking justice for the death of an immigrant boy. Hell, Lopez’s character gets his head cut off in 2020’s The Tax Collector, so we’re fairly certain that not everything he does is played for laughs.

According to Variety, Lopez’s next project is also more serious than what his stand-up comedy fans expect. In Once Upon a Time in Aztlan, a one-hour drama series being developed by Amazon Studios, Lopez will star in the series, which follows a Los Angeles-based Chicano family “coming to terms with the falsehoods of the American dream.” He will also serve as executive producer.

While Lopez has starred in a handful of dramatic roles in movies like the ones listed above, this will be the first dramatic lead role for him on the small screen. The last time he had a consistent gig on TV was in 2017 for the second and final season of his comedy series Lopez on TV Land. Before that, his comedy show Saint George and talk show Lopez Tonight came and went after one and two seasons, respectively.

Along with his stand-up comedy, Lopez is best known for his namesake show George Lopez, which ran for six seasons on ABC.