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John Leguizamo joins Mark Mylod and Adam McKay's ‘The Menu’

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There are few TV series adored both critically and commercially, though HBO’s Succession is certainly one of them, praised for its sharp, witty dialogue and tricky dramatic storytelling, following a media mogul’s backstabbing empire. 

So naturally, the crew behind the series are highly sought after across Hollywood, and with ten episodes of Succession under his belt, director Mark Mylod’s new film The Menu is receiving great attention. 

Emmy and Tony award winner John Leguizamo is the latest to join Mylod’s new film alongside Anya Taylor-Joy and Ralph Fiennes, produced by Succession’s Adam McKay and Betsy Koch. A dark, psychological thriller set in the world of culinary culture, the film follows a young couple who visit an exclusive restaurant on a remote island where an acclaimed chef is preparing an eclectic meal. Nicholas Hoult and Hong Chau have also been brought on in unconfirmed roles.

Writer, producer and playwright, Leguizamo is an influential Latino actor known for roles in Ice Age, Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge!. His big break came on the small screen, however in 1980’s Miami Vice and 1995 sketch comedy House of Buggin’, which became iconic on Latin American television. 

Speaking to AV Club about his time on House of Buggin’, the actor commented, “I was so proud of it, because it was the first Latinx show, following the great and important In Living Color, which was so phenomenal and groundbreaking”. 

Continuing, the actor added, “I created that whole format and that whole crew, with doing remotes and doing live scenes. And when they asked me to fire my whole cast and reboot it with the right actors, I said no. So they fired me. I had to stand my ground. And then it became MADtv, with the same directors, same producers, same writers, same format, same studio—except I wasn’t there”.

The Menu is expected to be released in cinemas in late 2022, with Succession series 3 due to be released in Autumn 2021. 

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