"El Chicano": First Superhero Movie With All-Latino Cast
Our Streets. Our Fight. Our Hero.
El Chicano is a myth, a legendary vigilante. In Ben Hernandez' new superhero thriller, the legend becomes one man's reality, as he takes up the mantle to protect his community.
Set on the streets of East L.A., "El Chicano" begins as the story of brothers Diego and Pedro, twins who end up on opposite sides of the law: Diego an LAPD detective, Pedro, a gang leader.
When Diego discovers that his brother's apparent suicide is part of something much larger, a plan by a notorious cartel to take over his community, he suits up as El Chicano, an Aztec-knife-wielding, motorcycle-riding, ceremonial-mask-wearing East Los urban legend who dispenses vigilante justice in el barrio.
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The film stars an entirely Latino cast including Raúl Castillo, George Lopez, Kate del Castillo, and Aimee Garcia.
In an interview with NBC, Aimee expressed how honored she was to be a part of this cast:
“It has been 22 years since a major release of a film with an all-Latino cast; there was “Selena,” and before that it was back in the 1980s with 'La Bamba' and 'Stand and Deliver.
I feel like this is something special...to have 10-plus fleshed out Latino roles in a great story is rare, and it hasn’t been done in this genre before.”
The movie premieres in theatres today, Friday, May 3rd.