Michael Pena is an American actor and musician who hails from a very humble family. His parents were farmers in Mexico before moving to the USA. Pena was born in Illinois, Chicago, and spent most of his life acting in movies. Naturally, he appeared in independent films, initially, but caught lucky breaks when he appeared in ‘Million Dollar Baby‘ and ‘Crash’. Both the movies gained critical acclaim with Pena gaining special mention for his moving performance in ‘Crash’. He then appeared in ‘Shield‘, a Golden Globe-winning series. Pena also went on to have a small role in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film, ‘Babel’. This gives him the rare distinction of appearing in three consecutive Oscar-nominated movies.
Michael Pena had several other roles in films like ‘Shooter’, ‘Observe and Report’, ‘Tower Heist’, ‘The Martian’, ‘American Hustle‘, and ‘Gangster Squad’. He finally got a lead role in ‘Chavez’, a movie based on Cesar Chavez, an American labor leader. Pena also went on to star alongside the likes of Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf in ‘Fury’. In 2018’s remake of ‘A Wrinkle in Time‘, Michael Pena got to play the role of the antagonist. However, if we are to really pick out the roles that he is best known for, it would have to be the part of Luis, Scott Lang’s talkative friend in MCU’s ‘Ant-Man’ movies. Michael Pena later cemented his popularity with the role of DEA agent Kiki Camarena in Netflix’s ‘Narcos: Mexico‘. So now you must be wondering what is the next Michael Pena movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Michael Pena films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Michael Pena movies would be as good as some of his recent ones.
4. Lexi (2019)
‘Lexi’ is an upcoming comedy movie from CBS Films. It is slated to release on October 11, 2019. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who wrote ‘The Hangover‘, are directing ‘Lexi’. The indie comedy is about a boy who is way too engrossed in his smartphone. Like many people of younger generations, this boy happens to love his phone more than anything else in his life. Adam Devine plays the role of the boy while Alexandra Shipp portrays his romantic interest. Michael Pena also steps in as a cast member, though the details of his role remain unknown for now. But Pena has proven that his comic timing is excellent, so we do have high hopes for the film.
3. Cine Chalom (2019-)
‘Cine Chalom’ is an upcoming miniseries that is slated to come out in 2019. Michael Pena is part of the cast as Will Jimeno. While not much is known about the project, it will most likely have something to do with Oliver Stone’s film about the World Trade Center, since Pena played the role of Jimeno in that film too. For more details, we have to wait until ‘Cine Chalom’ releases.