It’s been almost four years since we first heard about “Coco” — Pixar’s film about Day of the Dead — and each bread crumb they’ve been dropping leaves us in full anticipation of its release in November. While we’re super excited that Gael Garcia Bernal and Benjamin Bratt are attached to the film, we just learned which other actors will also lend their voices to the film. The best part about it: they’re all Latinos!!
Here’s the all-star Latino cast of “Coco”:
Anthony Gonzalez will play the lead role of Miguel. According to Pixar, Miguel is a “12-year-old aspiring musician who struggles against his family’s generations-old ban on music. When a magical mishap lands him in the Land of the Dead, Miguel seeks out his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, to help him return to the Land of the Living before it’s too late.”
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Bernal will play the role of Hector, “A charming trickster in the Land of the Dead who is forced to enlist help from Miguel to visit the Land of the Living.”
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You might remember this Puerto Rican-Mexican actress from the films “Legally Blonde” and “Meet the Fockers.” Here’s Pixar’s description of Mama Imelda: “Miguel’s great-great-grandmother, the matriarch of the Rivera family and the founder of their successful shoemaking business. Miguel meets Mamá Imelda in the Land of the Dead and discovers she does not share his passion for music.”
The popular comedian will play the role of a “head clerk” in the Land of the Dead’s “Department of Family Reunions.”
The “Jane the Virgin” star will play the role of Papá. Camil previously lent his voice to Disney’s “Elena of Avalor.” According to Pixar, Camil will be “Miguel’s supportive father who hopes that someday Miguel will join him in the family shoemaking business.”
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After the cast was revealed, the Mexican actress tweeted: “Con mucha emoción les comparto que soy parte de la familia hermosa película que se estrena este año!!” Her role is described by Pixar as “Miguel’s loving mother who gently encourages her son to embrace their family’s traditions.”
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This legendary Mexican-American actor will play the role of “Chicharrón” who is described as a “curmudgeonly friend of Hector’s who is sadly being forgotten—an unfortunate condition in the Land of the Dead.”
Benjamin Bratt will be playing the role of Ernesto De La Cruz, described as “Miguel’s idol and the most famous musician in the history of Mexico. Revered by fans worldwide until his untimely death, the charming and charismatic musician is even more beloved in the Land of the Dead.”
Luna wrote on Instagram: “I am so PROUD to be part of @DisneyPixar’s first ever All-Latino Cast!” She will play the role of “Tia Rosita,” described by Pixar as “Miguel’s late aunt who resides in the Land of the Dead.”
Cheech Marin, best known as a pothead in the “Cheech & Chong” movie series, will now be a corrections officer in “Coco.” What a difference a few decades makes.
Araceli, who has appeared on “The Bridge,” “Southland,” and “East Los High,” will play the emcee, the “host of a colorful talent show in the Land of the Dead.”
Here’s the latest trailer for “Coco”:
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