That's right, Mario's next gig is playing Colonel Sanders in Lifetime's KFC mini-movie, fittingly titled A Recipe for Seduction. Dinner will be served (ahem, we mean, the film will premiere) on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 12 p.m. on Lifetime. However, fans got an early peek when the sultry trailer dropped on Monday, Dec. 7.
Mario's character Harland Sanders is a sexy chef, who is lusted after by a young heiress. In the dramatic soap, the 47-year-old silver fox is hired at her family's estate and comes armed with his secret fried chicken recipe (obviously). The only thing stopping this goateed poultry pro from being with his one true love? The girl's sly mother is pushing her to accept the proposal of another suitor.
According to Lifetime, Colonel Sanders "sets in motion a series of events that unravels the mother's devious plans. Will our plucky heiress escape to her wintry happily ever after with Harland at her side, or will she cave to the demands of family and duty?"
Mario seems to be totally aware of what a thirst trap this is. He wrote on Instagram on Monday, "Colonel Sanders is adding some sabor to the menu... Get your appetite ready."
And fans are already eating up this "deep-fried love affair" that's a welcome distraction from reality. One Twitter user wrote, "Who had 'KFC-themed rom-com starring Mario Lopez as sexy Colonel Sanders' on their 2020 bingo card?" Another said, "Mario Lopez is bringing the gravy." Others we had to censor.
So, could this be Mario's sexiest role yet?! We don't know what's juicier, the chicken or the drama. You be the judge—grab a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and watch the trailer above.