Two Latina actresses star in Netflix's 'Blockbuster'
Melissa Fumero and Olga Merediz star in the comedy set in the last Blockbuster video store in the United States, which will premiere on Netflix.
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“Timmy Yoon (Randall Park) is an analog dreamer living in a 5G world. When he learns that he runs America's latest Blockbuster video store, he and his staff—including his lifelong crush, Eliza (Melissa Fumero) — struggle to stay on their feet. But they will only succeed if they get their community to remember that they offer something that large corporations cannot give them: human contact,” reads the synopsis of the new Netflix comedy series Blockbuster.
The cast of the production is comprised of Latina actress Melissa Fumero (known for her role as Amy Santiago in Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and Randall Park (known for WandaVision and Una loca interview). Both are considered comedy veterans.
Park plays the supervisor of the last Blockbuster Video in America, movie buff Timmy, while Fumero is Eliza, the number two in charge of the store. Eliza dropped out of Harvard to start a family, but now her relationship with her high school girlfriend is faltering, according to Netflix.
Along with Fumero and Park, the cast includes Tyler Alvarez, who plays the role of aspiring filmmaker Carlos; Madeleine Arthur as financier Hannah, Olga Merediz as Connie, JB Smoove as Percy, owner of a mall and party store, and Kamaia Fairburn as Percy's teenage daughter, who works at Blockbuster with Timmy.
The single-camera comedy series was created by writer and executive producer Vanessa Ramos, who has previously worked on comedy series for NBC. John Davis, Jackie Clarke, David Caspe, John Fox, Bridger Winegar and Robert Petrovic will also executive produce alongside Ramos. The script for the new series was written by David Caspe and Jackie Clarke.
The production is inspired by the last real-life Blockbuster store in the United States, located in Bend, Oregon. Between the 1980s and 2000s, the DVD and movie rental company quickly spread not only throughout the United States, but around the world, growing to some 9,000 stores. However, the rise of new technologies, the Internet and streaming caused the downfall of the American franchise, which had to declare bankruptcy in 2010. The last Blockbuster store outside the United States ceased to exist in 2019.
Blockbuster will premiere on Netflix on Nov. 3. The first season will air 10 episodes.