Eva Longoria’s feature directorial debut Flamin’ Hot Is Out

‘Flamin’ Hot’ Directed by Eva Longoria Is A Revelation

The release of Flamin’ Hot! directed by Eva Longoria is here with 4 star reviews. The movie also stars Annie Gonzalez, Dennis Haysbert, Emilio Rivera, Tony Shalhoub, Matt Walsh, Pepe Serna, Bobby Soto, Jimmy Gonzales, Brice Gonzalez, Vanessa Martinez, Fabian Alomar, Mario Ponce, and Hunter Jones.

Here’s the synopsis: “Flamin’ Hot is the inspiring story of Richard Montanez (Jesse Garcia), the Frito-Lay janitor who channeled his Mexican American heritage and upbringing to turn the iconic Flamin’ Hot Cheetos into a snack that disrupted the food industry and became a global pop phenomenon.”

Eva Longoria’s transition to feature film director is now complete with the release of her first film which debuted on Hulu.

Flamin’ Hot is based on the true story of Richard Montanez, who started working as a janitor at Frito-Lay’s Rancho Cucamonga, California factory in 1976.

After a machine broke down, he took a bunch of unflavored chips home and came up with a blend of spices reminiscent to Mexican street corn.

He pitched the idea for what would become Flamin’ Hot Cheetos to Frito-Lay CEO Roger Enrico and the product was launched in 1992.

Flamin’ Hot is based on the true story of Richard Montanez, who started working as a janitor at Frito-Lay’s Rancho Cucamonga, California factory in 1976

That lead to an expansive product line that lead to billions of dollars in new revenue.

Jesse Garcia will portray Montanez, who rose through the ranks from janitor to an executive level position before he retired in 2019 to embark on a new career as a motivational speaker.

The cast also includes Annie Gonzalez as Richard’s wife Judy, Emilio Rivera as Vacho Montanez plus Matt Walsh, Tony Shalhoub and Dennis Haysbert in unknown roles.

Garcia will portray Montanez, who rose through the ranks from janitor to an executive level position before he retired in 2019 to embark on a new career as a motivational speaker

Longoria directs from a script by Lewis Collick and Linda Yvette Chavez, with DeVon Franklin producing.

Production wrapped on the film in August, where Longoria released a statement about how proud she is to tell this story.

‘I’m so honored to have led this team in telling a beautiful story where people can see themselves in these characters and are inspired by the endless beauty and talent that is so rich in our community,’ she said.

Back in 2021, the real Richard Montanez responded to Frito-Lay refuting the claim that he invented the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

Flamin’ Hot will received its world premiere this March at the SXSW Film Festival, and also comes months after she filmed her new project Land of Women in Barcelona

Flamin’ Hot is out on Hulu now.

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