Saturday Night Live is expanding to Mexico with casting currently taking place for a Spanish language version of the show called SNL Mexico, and iO Watercooler reports that former SNL castmember Horatio Sanz is in Mexico City working with producers. iO Watercooler reports that Sanz may become a castmember on the show, but Splitsider has confirmed with Sanz’s management that he is only serving as a consultant and not as part of the cast.
SNL Mexico is just the latest in a string of international versions of the show made with Lorne Michaels’s blessing. Countries like Spain, Italy, Japan, and South Korea have created their own versions of the show, but SNL Mexico seems to be using a lot of United States talent, at least to consult. In addition to Horatio Sanz, Charna Halpern, founder of Chicago’s iO Theater, is also serving as a consultant and helping with casting. iO has long been a breeding ground for future SNL stars. Callback for SNL Mexico were held on Monday, and a live pilot will be taped once the cast is officially announced.